A PGA Tour professional golfer competing in the John Deere Classic was arrested Tuesday on a marijuana possession charge in Bettendorf.
Matt Every, 26, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, court records state. The arrest affidavit lists his address as Jacksonville Beach, Fla. The PGA Tour website says he is from Daytona Beach.
When asked about the charge Thursday after completing the first round of the JDC, Every declined comment. He shot an opening round score of 70, one under par.
At 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation agents were called to the hallway outside a room in the Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf’s north tower because of a strong odor of marijuana, the affidavit states.
Authorities knocked on the door, and the marijuana odor intensified when an occupant opened the door.
One person admitted providing the marijuana and three of the four room occupants admitted to smoking it, the affidavit states.
Every was arrested and booked into the Scott County Jail. He was released Tuesday evening after posting bond.
Also charged with drug possession are Derek Mason, 28, of Naperville, Ill., and William Hicks, 49, of Mebane, N.C. They also were released after posting bond.
Laura Hill, a spokesperson for the PGA Tour, declined comment, saying the situation is being treated “as an active disciplinary proceeding.”
She referred questions about PGA policies to the PGA Tour’s Anti-Doping Program Manual.
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Possession of marijuana and other illegal drugs violates the program’s policy, the manual states. Sanctions may include disqualification, forfeiture of prize money and points, ineligibility in other PGA Tour competitions and fines of up to $500,000, according to the manual.
The golfer also may undergo treatment and rehabilitation.
The manual does not address what happens if a participant is arrested on drug possession charges.
The PGA Tour’s Anti-Doping Program administrator, Andy Levinson, could not be reached for comment Thursday.
Every was disqualified from the Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun in February for signing an incorrect scorecard, the PGA Tour’s website states.
He turned pro in 2006. He finished in the Top 10 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February and is tied for 99th in putting average on the PGA Tour. On the 2010 PGA money list, he ranks 137th with earnings of $369,035.