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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 185
W E HATE to revisit yet another Happy Gilmore reference (OK, that’s a lie), but with the Arnold Palmer Invitational approaching, it’s an opportune time. This week we’re talking players who go to their ‘happy place’ – the course or tournament that has a habit of conjuring the best out of certain players whenever they tee it up there. For Matt Every it’s most definitely this week’s venue, Bay Hill Club and Lodge, in Orlando. A journeyman who’s found himself near the top of the tree just a handful of times throughout his decade-long PGA Tour career, the Florida native has won his only two main tour tournaments in back-to- back victories at Arnie’s event. How? Even Every doesn’t know. “I don’t know what it is about that place,” he said in a recent interview. “If I did, I would figure out how to do it at other places.” “Last year kind of came out of the blue. I’m hoping for the same this year.” We bet he is. In Every’s honour, here are players who’ve added substantial weight to the notion of ‘horses for courses’. 'HAPPY PLACE' IF EVERY’S maiden PGA Tour title at the 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational was a surprise, his repeat performance 12 months later was downright jaw- dropping. Every, who’s now played at least one tournament on the PGA Tour for 10 of the past 11 years, is a journeyman in every sense of the word, having contested 142 PGA Tour events and missed the cut at 52 of them. Since last year’s Bay Hill victory he’s missed 11 cuts, withdrawn from a further five events and played the weekend just eight times, with his ranking clumping to 154th in the world along the way. But come Thursday he’ll be the form golfer in the field, because when it comes to Bay Hill, he’s the man. MATT EVERY - Bay Hill Club & Lodge BRADLEY might not have produced his best golf at last year’s WGC- Bridgestone Invitational, but he’d like to bottle the three years prior to that. He beat Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker by a stroke to land the title in 2012, then finished runner-up to Tiger Woods the following year, before a T4 performance in 2014. If that doesn’t sound overly impressive, consider that Bradley’s adjusted scoring average at Firestone is 3.5 strokes per round better than the rest of the field – the highest number for any player at any event on the PGA Tour. KEEGAN BRADLEY - Firestone CC THE Heritage tournament at Harbour Town Golf Links is one of those events that has a habit of producing multiple winners – 10, in fact, throughout its 46- year history. But none of them come close to muscling in on Davis Love III’s ownership of the South Carolina course, with the American capturing five titles there between 1987 and 2003. There was also a tie for second place in 2005, when he finished a couple of strokes behind our own Peter Lonard. DAVIS LOVE III - Harbour Town Golf Links
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