In his last seven events, Matt Every has missed six straight cuts and before that had a WD.
In fact, he’s made only two cuts — finished T-62 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and T-65 at the Shell Houston Open.
It’s been one miserable season for Every.
That’s why it was a head-turner Thursday in Memphis when he shot 64 and grabbed a share of the first round lead at the St. Jude FedEx Championship.
He had a perfect day, four birdies and an eagle. That eagle came at the par five 16th where his second shot stopped just 10 feet from the hole and he sank the putt.
Every is tied at the top with Scott Brown, Sebastian Munoz and revitalized Stewart Cink.
All three were 10 shots better than Rickie Fowler. Fowler struggled all day and finished with a four-over par 74.
Another big name failed to break par — Adam Scott shot 71.
Phil Mickelson birdied his last hole of the day, the 18th, to get into red numbers with a 69.
Mickelson, who announced he’d skip next week’s U.S. Open to attend his daughter’s graduation, still hasn’t withdrawn from the field at Erin Hills. He’s hoping for a first round rain delay that would give him time to jump on his jet and fly from California. He is scheduled for a late afternoon tee time — 2:20 p.m., Central Time.