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Billy Hurley III

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (35) / 6/9/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 170

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Billy Hurley III took home the trophy at the 2016 Quicken Loans National, held at Congressional Country Club, and makes his way back this week for a chance to defend his title, this time being hosted by TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm.
The Naval Academy grad received a sponsor's invite into the field last year and parlayed it into his first career win. The Maryland resident took a two-shot lead into the finale and went on to win by three strokes over Hall of Famer Vijay Singh. The TOUR heads two miles down the road to take on a different venue this year but it won't change the comfort level for the BH3. At media day, the defending champ said, "I practice here a good bit, so maybe I can have a little leg up on guys because I've probably played the course more than anybody else on TOUR." Hurley III arrives on the heels of two straight missed cuts but previously rattled off six straight cuts made before that. Jun 27 - 1:06 PM
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World No. 131 Billy Hurley III carved out a 1-under-par 35-36=71 in today's final round of the Wells Fargo Championship to finish off on 6-under 282, down one place to T9 with play will in progress.

This was the Naval Academy grad's fourth visit, first since a T38 in 2015 at Quail Hollow, his only other cash. He was making his 15th start of the season and departs with a fourth top 25, possibly a first top 10. Regardless, the 34-year-old will post a season best, previously T15 at the Shriners back in November. After kicking off in 70-68-72, he began on 5-under (T8), three back of 54-hole leader Patrick Reed. The Virginia native mustered seven (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, losing 1.497 strokes tee-to-green but gaining 2.872 on-the-green. He squared three bogeys at holes 3, 10 and 14, slightly offset by four birdie-3s at 7, 9, 11 and 13.
May 7 - 5:11 PM

With preferred lies in effect, Billy Hurley III styled a 3-under-par 33-36=69 in round two of the Wells Fargo Championship, climbing to 5-under 139 at the midpoint, good for the early clubhouse lead on a weather-delayed Friday. UPDATE: With second-round play completed (on Saturday), Hurley III is T2, one back of 18- and 36-hole leader Francesco Molinari, and his 69 was tied for low round with eight others.

BH3 kicked off his round on the back nine and traded two birdies with two bogeys before making the turn. That included the highlight of the round, a 46'3" hole out for birdie at the par-4 16th. Despite preferred lies being used, the scoring conditions were not easy by any means, given the wind gusts that exceeded 30 MPH at times. After the turn, the 34-year-old really settled in and then closed out his day with birdies in four of his last seven holes. It was largely due to great ball-striking as he walked off the course gaining 4.031 strokes approaching-the-green. Helping his dinner taste a little better, Hurley III also splashed home a 9'5" par-saver at the closing par-4 ninth hole.
May 5 - 3:55 PM

World No. 137 Billy Hurley III hung up a 5-under-par 33-33=66 in the third round of the RBC Heritage for a three-day total of 7-under 206, up 35 spots on the live leaderboard to T12 and tying the low round in the clubhouse with two others. UPDATE: With play completed, Hurley III is T13 while leader Jason Dufner shot the low round with 65.

This is the 34-year-old's third appearance, first since a missed cut in 2015, cashing a T31 on debut in 2014 (70-69-73-72). He arrived at 116th in the FedExCup standings, 7-for-12 on the season with two top-25 finishes, and checked in off three straight missed cuts, including last week (by one) in his Masters debut (75-76). The Annapolis, Maryland, resident opened with 69-71, one inside the cut line, despite eating one double bogey-7 in each of the first two rounds. He kept the big numbers off the card on Moving Day, squaring just one bogey-5, surrounded by six birdies, including back-to-backs at 2 and 3 and 6 and 7.
Apr 15 - 3:15 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 136 Billy Hurley III tossed up a 4-under-par 32-35=67 in today's first round of the Genesis Open, T5 on the live leaderboard.

The 34-year-old is making his fourth visit to Riviera CC, first since a missed cut in 2015, with a lone cash of T24 in 2014 (70-71-74-69). This is his eighth start of the season and has two top 20s among five cashes, including a season-best T15 at the OHL Classic. The U.S. Naval Academy grad found seven (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, posting 1.400 putts per GIR and 24 putts total. He kicked off with back-to-back birdies at 10 and 11, the latter from 15'1", before dropping one at the par-4 15th (failed scramble). The Virginia native connected three straight on holes 1-3, including a long of 16'11" for birdie-2 at 2, added a sixth birdie at the par-4 seventh, before walking off with bogey-5 at nine (failed sand save).
Feb 16 - 4:17 PM

Billy Hurley III cruised to a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-31=64 during round one of the Sony Open in Hawaii.

BH3 warmed up his sticks last week with a 29th-place finish (of 32) at the SBS Tournament of Champions. All four rounds were posted at 72 or worse, but it appears he's successfully shaken off the rust. Today, he landed 14 greens in regulation and let his short game go to work from there. BH3 connected on three putts from the 13-to-16 foot range and then holed out an 11'7" birdie from the fringe, as well. Hurley III has been very good at holding onto early momentum during the course of his career. He's found himself inside the top 10 after R1 on seven occasions and he went on to post top 10s in five of those events. That includes his victory at the 2016 Quicken Loans National where he was T3 after day one.
Jan 12 - 10:10 PM

Billy Hurley III ranks 95th in the FedExCup race ahead of the 2017 portion of the 2016-17 campaign.

BH3 had a breakout season last year, winning the Quicken Loans National en route to a 55th-place finish in the FEC standings. On the whole, he went 13-for-20 last year and has opened the 2016-17 season with a 2-for-3 start. That puts his career cuts-made ratio over 50%, as he's now 58-for-115 (50.4%). As a result of his victory, Hurley III will play 2017 with a little less stress knowing his status is secure through the 2017-18 season. In addition, he will also make his debut at Augusta National come April.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 01:24:00 PM

Prior to his opening tee time, Billy Hurley III backed out of the field at this week's Safeway Open, citing a hip injury. Tag Ridings will take his place playing with Smylie Kaufman and Peter Malnati.

The Naval Academy product has a clean card in terms of mid-tournament WDs (in 112 starts), and it will stay that way since this WD came before his opening tee time. BH3 finished the 2015-16 season ranked 55th in the FedExCup standings, in large part due to his victory at the Quicken Loans National. Despite not having injury troubles in the past, gamers should keep a close eye on the 34-year-old's health moving forward.
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 04:01:00 PM

Billy Hurley III rounded out his week at the Deutsche Bank Championship with a 1-under-par 36-34=70, reaching 9-under 275 at week's end, good for T9 on the live leaderboard.

BH3 split just nine (of 14) fairways on the day, his lowest tally of the week, still ranking T6 in fairways hit on the week. He really used his short game to grind out this round, gaining 0.947 strokes around-the-green and 1.321 strokes putting to make up for poor approach play. With this finish, his live FedExCup projection jumps from 77th to 51st, meaning he punches his ticket to Crooked Stick for next week's BMW Championship. It will be the 34-year-old's debut at the event.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 01:19:00 PM

Billy Hurley III coasted to a bogey-free, 4-under-par 33-34=67 during the opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, making camp just two strokes off the early clubhouse leaders.

BH3 did well to keep it in the short grass, splitting 11 (of 14) fairways to set up 14 GIR. Most of his damage was done with the flat stick, though, rolling in six putts from outside six feet. That included three par saves from 7-to-12 feet but most notable was a 15'8" birdie splash at the par-3 eighth. It's unlikely that the 34-year-old can maintain 1.75 strokes gained putting as the week progresses, so he'll need to find a new way to score in rounds two through four.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 06:47:00 PM

Fresh off his first career victory, Billy Hurley III opened his week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational with a 1-under-par 34-35=69.

No one would have faulted the Naval Academy grad for having an emotional letdown week after the big win last week, but it's smooth sailing through day one. His strength last week was the approach game and he continued to showcase that skill today. Most notable was his 203-yard tee shot at the par-3 15th, landing it to 23 inches for a tap-in birdie. Despite draining a 59'1" birdie bomb at the par-4 eighth, he still walked off the course with a negative strokes gained putting. That was in large part due to a four-pack of putts missed from inside nine feet. Hurley III is T9 on the live leaderboard, in great position through round one of his WGC debut.
Thu, Jun 30, 2016 05:45:00 PM

Overnight leader and sponsor invite Billy Hurley III steadied a 2-under-par 35-34=69 in today's final round of the Quicken Loans National for a 72-hole aggregate of 17-under 267, good for a three-shot win over Hall of Famer Vijay Singh and his first PGA TOUR title in his 104th career start.

The Naval Academy grad and 607th-ranked player in the world co-led thru 36 holes after opening his fifth appearance in 66-65, and took a two-shot lead into the finale over Hall of Famer and playing competitor Ernie Els after a third-round 67. He went out in 1-under, erasing bogey at the second with birdies on Nos. 1 and 9, but Els had climbed to within one at the break. The 34-year-old 3-putted the par-4 12th (from 28 feet) for bogey-5, but with the shot of his life, he pitched-in from 35 yards away at the 15th for birdie-3 and backed it up with a 27'3" birdie putt on the par-5 16th. Playing this season on conditional status, the Maryland resident is now fully exempt on TOUR thru the 2017-18 season and among other goodies, secures a spot in The Open Championship in three weeks at Royal Troon. He improves to 1-for-3 when the 36-hole leader/co-leader and 1-for-2 when leading/co-leading after 54 holes.
Sun, Jun 26, 2016 06:34:00 PM

Overnight co-leader and sponsor invite Billy Hurley III fashioned a bogey-free 4-under-par 33-34=67 in today's third round of the Quicken Loans National to post 15-under 198, good for a two-shot lead over Hall of Famer Ernie Els and breaking the previous 54-hole tournament record of 199 (Troy Merritt/Kevin Chappell, 2015).

The 34-year-old co-led with playing competitor Jon Rahm on 11-under after opening in 66-65. It was his third 36-hole lead/co-lead in his 104th career start, first since the 2014 Greenbrier where he eventually finished T4. The Maryland resident striped 10 (of 14) fairways and peppered 14 greens in regulation, posting 3.670 in SG: Tee-to-Green. Thru 54 holes, he leads in the latter with a cumulative 13.547. Hurley III circled four, three from inside of nine feet with a long of 14'8" at the par-4 14th that completed his scoring. Playing this season on conditional status, he entered the week 198th in the FedExCup standings. His career best on TOUR is T4 two times, most recently T4 at the 2014 Greenbrier and also here in 2012.
Sat, Jun 25, 2016 06:04:00 PM

Billy Hurley III scorched Congressional Country Club with a 6-under-par 33-32=65 in round two of the Quicken Loans National, giving him a piece of the 36-hole lead at 11-under 131.

BH3 is taking full advantage of local knowledge here at Congressional CC, gaining 7.980 strokes over the field with his approach game thus far. With his irons dialed in, it's just a matter of making some putts and that's exactly what he did today after missing his fair share on day one. During round two, he splashed home four putts from outside eight feet, the longest being a 13'8" birdie roll at the par-5 ninth hole. Gamers who followed the local or course history narratives are getting rewarded handsomely through two rounds. The Annapolis, Maryland, resident entered the week ranked 198th in the FedExCup race, but we can throw any notion of form out the window this week as Hurley III clearly loves the layout at Congressional.
Fri, Jun 24, 2016 06:42:00 PM

Teeing it up just 45 miles from home, Billy Hurley III raced out to a 5-under-par 33-33=66 during round one of the Quicken Loans National.

The Annapolis, Maryland, resident opened on the back nine with bogeys in two of his first five holes. He missed the green in regulation on both holes and failed to get up and down. He bounced back nicely after the slow start, finishing the round at 6-under over his last 13 holes. That included a three-hole birdie train which started at the par-5 16th hole and helped DFS owners quite a bit. His longest birdie conversion came from 8'2" and he actually walked off the course losing strokes with the putter (-0.67). The United State Naval Academy product owns a pair of top 10s at Congressional Country Club and it appears the home cooking is working in his favor yet again this week.
Thu, Jun 23, 2016 05:01:00 PM