Story By: Deborah Leung
Photos By: Sol Tucker and Benjamin Rogers Jr.
They say good things come to those who wait, well for Billy Hurley III, the wait is now over as today he captured the biggest moment in his golf career today with the victory at the Quicken Loans National.
Hurley shot a 2-under 69 on Sunday to win his hometown Quicken Loans National at Congressional for his first PGA Tour victory. He finished at 17 under in Tiger Woods’ annual tournament, three strokes ahead of three-time major champion Vijay Singh.
”Billy played well,” Singh said. ”He’s been playing well all week. You can see he’s under control and it’s nice to see him play well and not lose it actually at the end of the tournament.”
As Hurley pumped his fists high and his family approached him on the green, it became one of the biggest stories to hit the local area as a graduate of the Naval Academy in 2004, he done well on tour , but not good enough to take home the hardware, that was before today.
As if that wasn’t enough, Hurley made a 27-foot putt on the 16th to seal the tournament and wrap up the $1,242,000 first-place prize and a spot in the British Open. He had never finished higher than a tie for fourth in a PGA Tour event.
Hurley celebrated on the 18th green with wife Heather, daughter Madison and sons Will and Jacob. His children held miniature American flags as they watched their father reach a high point in his career.
”I couldn’t think of a better tournament for my first PGA Tour win,” Hurley said. ”I’m just thrilled to have gotten it done today.”