Hurley produces a heartwarming win

As sports fans, we always look for storylines to accompany our results. They make the box score easier to digest; they make the final minutes of crunch time that much more compelling.

By cruising to victory at the Quicken Loans National, though, Billy Hurley didn’t just offer up a single storyline. He provided enough to fill a naval fleet.

Hurley’s win was another coup for the prototypical journeyman, following in the footsteps of Vaughn Taylor and Jim Herman earlier this season. At age 34, Hurley finally has a PGA Tour trophy on his shelf, and the two-year exemption that goes with it.

But Hurley’s story goes deeper than a player breaking through at the right time. Much deeper.

Not only did Hurley win, but he did so in Bethesda, Md. – a short drive from Annapolis, where he attended the U.S. Naval Academy. Hurley becomes the first graduate of a U.S. military academy to win on Tour, and he does so at an event that specifically honors military veterans, a nod by tournament host Tiger Woods to his late father, Earl.

In fact, Hurley was on active duty in the Navy when the first edition of the then-AT&T National was played at Congressional back in 2007.

But Bethesda is also about 35 miles from Leesburg, Va., which Hurley once called home. It was there that he learned the game from his father, Willard Hurley Jr., and it is that bond that gives this win even more meaning.

Source : The Golf Channel

posted at 27 Jun 2016 08:15:48

 



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