Matt Every converted four birdies in a five-hole stretch Sunday to overtake Adam Scott and then hung on to win the 36th Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard for his first PGA TOUR victory.
Every, 30, a native of nearby Daytona Beach, Fla., shot a final-round 70 on a warm and partly cloudy afternoon at Bay Hill Club & Lodge to complete 72 holes in 13-under 275. He won $1.116 million with his fifth top-10 finish of the season, but more meaningful was what the victory meant to his career.
Not only did he capture one of the most prestigious events on the PGA TOUR, but he also earned his first trip to the Masters Tournament. And he had to beat the reigning Masters champion, Scott, to do it.
"It's really cool," said Every, who first attended a PGA TOUR event as a kid when he accompanied his father to Bay Hill. "I've been close. And I kept telling myself maybe it's going to be somewhere special. I still can't believe it."
Tickets for 2015 edition of Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard go on sale in September.
Eagles this week at Bay Hill Club & Lodge are indeed a helpful score, propelling a player up the leaderboard swiftly in the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard.
They also are helping untold numbers of children and their families. So, naturally, Arnold Palmer wants to see them keep coming.
For the second time in as many years, eagles made on the Championship Course translate into charitable giving off the golf course. Dr. Phillips Charities is contributing $5,000 to Orlando Health for every eagle made throughout the 72-hole invitational tournament. The initiative is called "Eagles for Arnie's Kids," and it's an important element in the weeklong celebration of golf and giving.
Final eagle tally at Bay Hill: 37. Dr. Phillips Charities will donate $185,000 to AP Hospital thru Eagles For Arnie's Kids, one more than 2013.
He has had his renowned Arnie's Army there to support him for much of his legendary career, his legions drawn to him because of his talent, charisma and go-for-broke style of golf. Arnold Palmer always has appreciated the support and the opportunities that the game has provided, and, therefore, whenever he has had a chance to give back, golf's "King" has constantly and consistently answered the call, helping a virtual army of people through his various charitable endeavors.