As we predicted last Wednesday ahead of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, putting would be the difference maker at Bay Hill. And while Henrik Stenson, one of our picks to win in Orlando, narrowly fell short, Matt Every and his putter(s) triumphed in a memorable and deserving way.
After 54 holes Every was in a four-way tie for third place, three shots behind Morgan Hoffmann. Every’s third-round 69, while by no means a poor score, was his worst round on the greens all week and prompted the 31-year-old to swap putters prior to Sunday's final round. It’s not particularly rare for a player to change flat sticks during a tournament, but it’s certainly uncommon for a player within three shots of the lead to do so.
Every switched from an Odyssey Milled Collection #9 putter (part of a collection that debuted on Tour this week) to an Odyssey Works Versa #9 putter. After the switch, Every led the field in strokes gained/putting Sunday, and drained one of the most clutch putts we’ve seen all season on the 72nd hole for the eventual win.
Here’s a closer look at the Milled Collection via Odyssey’s Instagram page.
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And as Cameron Morfit points out, putting was the ultimate factor Sunday not only because of Every's performance, but also because of Stenson’s struggles, which ultimately allowed Every to defend his Bay Hill title.
Every’s game-winning putter, the Odyssey Works Versa #9, is 34 5/8 inches and has 3.25° loft. Here’s a look below:
We’ve known for awhile that Every is meticulous about the putter he uses, a fact that dates back at least to 2012 Sony Open, where he showed up with a eye-catching BlackHawk putter.
At least for the near future, it’s safe to say Every has found a putter that he’s happy with.