WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — The first page of the Greenbrier Classic leaderboard is filled with golfers who get to do something they have been unaccustomed to lately: play on the weekend.
Matt Every shot 8-under 62 Friday for a one-stroke lead over five other players midway through the PGA Tour event.
Every needed just 26 putts during his best round this year and was at 9-under 131 for the tournament on the Old White TPC course. He missed four putts inside 12 feet but still had a bogey-free second round.
Every, 29, is seeking his first tour victory.
"I know I can win out here," said Every, who tied for the third-round lead at the 2012 Sony Open.
One stroke behind him at 8 under were Russell Henley (65), Bill Lunde (66), Daniel Summerhays (67), Steven Bowditch (67) and first-round co-leader Johnson Wagner (70).
Wagner had gone seven straight tournaments without advancing to the third round. Lunde had missed five straight cuts. Every had missed the weekend in four of his previous five tournaments.
"It's coming down to the end of the year," Every said. "It's a big week for a lot of people. If you play good, it can change your life."
Four others were two shots behind at 7 under, including former British Open champion Ben Curtis (66).
Six players stood at 6 under, including Jordan Spieth, the 19-year-old Texan seeking a victory that would give him tour membership.
Others sticking around for the weekend include 52-year-old Kenny Perry at 5 under and 63-year-old Tom Watson at 3 under.
There will be a 54-hole cut to get to the top 70 because so many players (81) made the cut at 1 under.
But Phil Mickelson (68—142) wasn't one of them. This marks the first time Mickelson has missed three consecutive cuts at one tournament.