On The Mic
Legendary talker/club-thrower Matt Every to make TV debut for Golf Channel at RSM Classic
Everything about the RSM Classic at Sea Island is a little bit sleepy, in a good way. It's a lowkey fall affair that caps off a long, fast-paced year of pro golf. There's not much science behind this, but one could argue it's the best tournament to nap to on the entire schedule.
This year, though, golf fans might find themselves staying awake to hear what two-time tour winner and new Golf Channel on-course reporter Matt Every has to say during the event. The 37-year-old is making his television debut on St. Simons Island, part of a two-event tryout that also includes next month's PNC Championship, according to Golfweek. The famously outspoken former Florida Gator told Golfweek's Adam Schupak how excited he is to be doing "something different."
"I was going through the motions for quite a while," said Every, who failed to make a single cut on the PGA Tour a season ago. "Mentally I wasn’t there. I think I became jaded and you can’t fake the hunger of a 25 year old who’s never tasted success before vs I’m 37 and not getting any younger. I already didn’t practice a lot and it probably caught up to me."
As you can see, Every is as blunt as they come, which could make for some seriously good television should he bring that blunt honesty behind the mic. Every says we won't have to worry about him holding anything back.
"I’m not afraid of anyone out here," he said. "So, I’ll say what I want to say. I think some people might be afraid I will slip up and say something stupid, but those are people that don’t really know me."
History shows that Every has always said what he wanted to say, like the time he told former Golf Channel personality Kelly Tilghman that "there's a lot worse stuff going on [on the PGA Tour] than what I got in trouble for," when Tilghman brought up Every's arrest on marijuana possession charges during an awkward post-round interview in 2010. Ten years later, Every sparked another marijuana discussion when he criticized the PGA Tour's stance on the drug. "You could fail [a test] for heroin and marijuana, and the penalty is the same," Every said after taking the first-round lead at the 2020 Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Every riffs with the best of them on non-marijuana related topics, too. After that first-round 65 at Bay Hill in 2020, which came after a second-round 85 at the Honda Classic a week prior, Every delivered one of the most relatable interviews in golf history.
Should Every's tryout go well, there's little doubt it will become a long-term role for him going forward. He's not hanging it up just yet, though, telling Golfweek he'll likely be a "recreational golfer." For now he's focused on Friday at RSM, when he'll make his official TV debut.
"I’m hoping if it goes well, someone will snag me up."