Hurley III, A Hometown Hero
On the 15th fairway, Billy Hurley III holed out a birdie attempt to push him ahead of the competition in the final round of the Quicken Loans National. On the 16th green, he sank a 27-foot putt to secure his win at Congressional Country Club, finally making him a winner.
Hurley III, a native of Leesburg, Maryland, and a Naval Academy graduate had never finished better than tied for fourth but yesterday he was able to lock down his first win in a place he can call home. Hurley III finished the Quicken Loans National at 17-under par which happened to be plenty enough to stifle a surging Vijay Singh who made a run for a first place finish by shooting a six-under 65 in his final round but unfortunately for Singh his efforts weren’t enough to catch up to Hurley III. Singh ended the event with a sole possession of second place at 14-under.
Arizona State University graduate, John Rahm, competed in his first PGA Tour event this year and was stellar shooting under par in all four of his rounds and finishing tied for third alongside Bill Haas at 13-under. Rahm came out guns blazing on day one by shooting a seven-under 64 and taking the lead. Rahm had a chance to shoot for a win in his first event but one-under 70’s in his last two rounds weren’t near enough to catch up to Hurley III.
Next week the PGA Tour splits for two different events before reconvening at the Greenbrier Classic in mid-July. The PGA Tour has the Barracuda Classic at the Montreux G&CC, in Reno, Nevada, and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at the Firestone CC (South), in Akron, OH.