Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Maggert, ex-Gator Every tie for lead

HONOLULU — Matt Every had a hard time sleeping on the lead going into the weekend at the Sony Open. The former Gator shot 2-under 68 on Saturday and goes into today's final round tied with 47-year-old Jeff Maggert with a lot more at stake.

Maggert played bogey-free and shot 66 to give himself a chance to win for the first time in nearly six years.

The two were at 12-under 198 and had a two-shot lead in the PGA Tour event, but more than a dozen players were in the hunt. Tied for second at 10 under were Johnson Wagner (66), Charles Howell III (66) and Brendon de Jonge (67).

Every, 28, hasn't had an easy time at this event. He had an awkward interview with the Golf Channel after his 64 on Friday, and his comments about an arrest on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge at the 2010 John Deere Classic became a hot topic.

"I'm just ready to get it over with," he said.

That's not to suggest he's dreading the final round. Every felt the nerves of protecting a two-shot lead in the third round and said one reason he had trouble sleeping was that he had a lot to lose.

He bogeyed No. 2, and his round was close to getting away from him. His approach on the third hole flirted with the water down the left side and barely was safe. He chipped to 8 feet and made par. "If I miss that — 2 over after three — and then the next thing you know, I could have made another bogey and then it's just kind of survival mode," he said.

Not only is Maggert closing in on the 50-and-older Champions Tour, he had surgery in June to take care of a bone spur in his right shoulder that had been bothering him the past few years. He had a medical exemption for part of this year, but he went to qualifying school for a backup plan (he made it through).

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