Every record opens up three-shot lead
Matt Every made a spectacular start to the Valero Texas Open with a new course record of 63 to open up a three-shot lead.
The 28-year-old made light of the breezy conditions and tough layout at the TPC San Antonio with nine birdies in a flawless round, to improve the previous best of 64 held by Ryan Palmer and Scott Piercy set in 2010.
Every, starting on the back nine, made a perfect start with a hat-trick of birdies and carded two more on his way to the turn in 31, before finding four more shots on the way home to hold a big lead after the opening 18 holes.
What made the round, which included just 23 putts, even more spectacular was the fact that only 18 other players managed to score under par.
"It was good," Every said. "Man, it was fun. I got a couple of breaks in the middle of the round to keep it going and I end up with 63."
Hunter Haas secured sole second place after he eagled the last to card a round of 66, which also included four birdies, while Ben Curtis is alone in third one shot back at five-under-par.
Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson carded a solid opening 68 to break up the American monopoly at the top of the leaderboard as he finished in a share of fourth alongside Cameron Beckman, Jason Gore, Derek Lamely and Troy Matteson.