Professional golf is an innovative sport. From technology to physical fitness, players, coaches and major equipment manufacturers have found ways to better their performance on the course.
Now, with slow play back at the forefront of the golf conversation thanks to J.B. Holmes’ controversial victory at Riviera, it seems that one of the fastest players in professional golf has found a way to conserve energy while waiting around for his turn to hit a shot.
Despite not being in the field at this past week’s Genesis Open, PGA Tour winner Matt Every caught the attention of many with his own version of slow play protests.
Competing in the Web.com Tour’s LECOM Suncoast Classic near Sarasota, Every had endured long waits on the par-5 16th hole at Lakewood National Golf Club each of the first three rounds, and he wasn’t going to head to the fairway of the reachable par-5 unprepared.
Playing as the easiest hole on the course, Every and his caddie located a volunteer chair on the 16th tee box and brought it out into the fairway where Every took a load off while he waited for the green to clear.
Matt Every is the hero we all need. 16 fairway. Final round. pic.twitter.com/PxoPpfWUjU
— Drew Carr (@DrewCarr_) February 17, 2019
16 tee box. Caddy carried it the rest of the way. What a legend.
— Drew Carr (@DrewCarr_) February 18, 2019
Drew Carr, an agent and brand advisor for Fidelity Sports Group, tweeted out the picture of Every and his caddie waiting patiently in the fairway. The only thing missing is a newspaper or Soduku to really drive home the point that Every plans to be there for a while.
The two-time Arnold Palmer Invitational winner’s energy conservation appears to have paid off as he would go on hit the par-5 green in two and two-putt for a birdie. He would shoot a 2-over par 74 in the final round and finish in a tie for 32nd place.