"I played really well tee to green, finally made some putts," Every said. "I haven't made anything all year and it just finally happened today. Been waiting for it."
Every has been in this position before, leading after the first round of the 2012 Texas Open and tying for the third-round lead at the 2012 Sony Open, yet the 29-year-old is still looking for his first PGA Tour victory.
"I know I can win out here," he said.
One stroke behind him at 8 under are Russell Henley (65), Bill Lunde (66), former BYU golfer Daniel Summerhays (67), Steven Bowditch (67) and first-round co-leader Johnson Wagner (70).
Four others are two shots behind at 7 under. Ben Curtis and Greg Owen each shot 66, Jonas Blixt had a 67 and first-round co-leader Tommy Gainey a 71.
The posh Greenbrier resort is in a small town named for its hot spring waters that the locals have touted for centuries for their healing qualities. It seems as though the Greenbrier Classic is doing wonders for some golfers, too.
Prior to this week, Wagner went seven straight tournaments without advancing to the third round. Other streaks that were broken this week were five straight for Lunde, four for Bowditch and three for Summerhays.
Every had missed cuts in four of his last five tournaments, and Owen and Curtis had in three in their last four. Gainey made the cut for only the 10th time in 23 tries.
"It's coming down to the end of the year," Every said. "It's a big week for a lot of people. If you play good it can change your life."