PGA Tour pro plays event after pot bust at Iowa hotel

PGA Tour golfer Matthew Every, 26, teed off in his first round at the John Deere Classic in Sivlis, Ill., on Thursday, two days after he was charged with possession of a controlled substance at the Island Casino Hotel Bettendorf in nearby Bettendorf, Iowa, according to The Quad-City TimesEvery Police were called to a hotel room at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday due to a strong marijuana smell, The Quad-City Times said. According to police, three of the four occupants of the room admitted to smoking marijuana. In addition to Every, Derek Mason, 28, and William Hicks, 49, were charged with drug possession.  Every was arrested and booked at the Scott County Jail in Iowa and released that evening after posting bond, The Quad-City Times said.
Every has made 13 starts on the PGA Tour this year. His best finish was T8 at the Waste Management Open in Phoenix in February. Before he joined the Tour, Every appeared on The Golf Channel reality show "The Big Break." While at the University of Florida, he won the 2006 Ben Hogan Award for the nation's top collegiate golfer.The PGA Tour does test players for marijuana use as part of its mandatory drug testing, but the Tour does not publicly name players who test positive for recreational drugs.(Photo: Scott County Jail)

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by Kevin Cunningham