Matt Every: From 'Big Break' to the PGA Tour

Matt Every of the United States lines up his putt for birdie on the 14th hole during the final round of the 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational
Matt Every during the 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational, which he won. Michael Cohen/Getty Images

One of the golfers who appeared on the Golf Channel series The Big Break and then went on to a career on a top-level golf tour is Matt Every. Every was a cast member on Big Break Mesquite, which was the eighth season of the series and premiered in October 2007.

What Matt Every Was Doing Before 'The Big Break'

Winning golf tournaments! Every, born on Dec. 4, 1983, turned pro in 2006 after a collegiate career at the University of Florida.

And it was a stellar NCAA career:

  • He was named All-American three years, in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006;
  • Every won the Ben Hogan Award (an NCAA Player of the Year award) in 2006;
  • Was the low amateur in the 2005 U.S. Open;
  • Won four NCAA tournaments.

Matt Every's 'Big Break Mesquite' Bio

Getting a golfer of Every's caliber on The Big Break was a coup for the Golf Channel. At the time of the series' premiere (Oct. 2007), this is the show bio the network provided for Every:

Some people describe Matt Every as cocky. He would counter that he merely has the confidence needed to make an impact on the PGA Tour. However you define his demeanor, the fact that he has the talent to reach the highest level is undeniable.

In typical Every bravado, he feels he will be the best player in "Big Break" history and is looking to play in the 2008 Mayakoba Golf Classic next year after winning "The Big Break: Mesquite." To understand his personality, look no further than his reaction to the sentiment of some that his Ben Hogan Award – presented annually to the top men's NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or junior college golfer – should have gone to a different player.

"People think Pablo Martin should have won. That's crap," states Every, who tied for 64th place in the 2007 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial on the PGA Tour. "I don't care. I won. He wasn't exactly a shoo-in to win. In amateur golf I killed him."

It isn't bragging if it's a fact and the undisputable truth is that Every enjoyed a stellar collegiate career. After foregoing a scholarship to the University of North Florida, the Daytona Beach, Fla., native decided to walk-on at the University of Florida. It turned out to be a brilliant decision. He played as a sixth man during his freshman year, but fell into a spot when a player above him got a chronic case of the shanks.

Over the next three years, he was named a two-time Ping All-American and was a one-time honorable mention, won four tournaments, had a steady streak of top-10 finishes and won the 2006 Ben Hogan Award for the nation's top collegiate golfer. In the preceding year, he made it to the match play of the Pub-Links, was on the winning Walker and Palmer Cup teams and was the low amateur at the U.S. Open, finishing tied for 28th. He recorded nine top-10 finishes in his 12 stroke-play events, including five in a row his junior year.

Every currently plays in Nationwide Tour and mini-tour events to prepare for the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament in the fall.

Matt Every after 'The Big Break'

Every played on the Tour in 2008-09, and posted his first significant professional victory at the 2009 Tour Championship. That win earned Every enough money to secure a PGA Tour card for the 2010 season.

You might say Every's PGA Tour rookie season in 2010 was rocky: He was suspended three months after an arrest for marijuana possession, and he finished 140th on the money list, losing his tour card.

Every returned to the Tour in 2011, but once again earned enough money to win his PGA Tour card back. So it was back to the top tour beginning in 2012, and Every has stayed there since.

His first PGA Tour victory was a big one, the 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational; and Every repeated as champion in that tournament in 2015.

Matt Every is without question one of the best golfers ever to appear on The Big Break.

For more about him, see the PGA Tour's Every profile page.

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