Hurley lands first PGA Tour win at Congressional

Sun Jun 26, 2016 7:30pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Local favorite Billy Hurley III, helped by a stunning chip-in on 15 and a monster putt at the 16th, clinched his first PGA Tour victory by three shots on Sunday at the Quicken Loans National in Bethesda, Maryland.

The 34-year-old American, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate who calls nearby Annapolis home, never relinquished his overnight lead in the final round at Congressional as he closed with a two-under-par 69 in the event hosted by Tiger Woods.

One stroke in front with four holes to play, Hurley chipped in from 35 yards to birdie the par-four 15th, and then sank a 27-footer at the par-five 16th to forge three ahead on the way to a 17-under total of 267.

Former world number one Vijay Singh, seeking his first PGA Tour win in eight years, fired a best-of-the-day 65 to finish second, with American Bill Haas (68) and Spaniard Jon Rahm (70) a further stroke back at 13-under in a tie for third.

It was a hugely emotional win for Hurley whose father, Willard Hurley Jr., went missing shortly before last year's Quicken Loans National before being located, but was then found dead the following month from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"I couldn't think of a better tournament for my first PGA Tour win so I'm thrilled to have gotten it done today," Hurley, ranked 607th in the world, told CBS Sports as he choked back tears.

"It's been a hard year, a really hard year, so it's nice to have something go well."

Prior to this week, Hurley had made just five cuts in 11 starts on the 2015-16 PGA Tour, his best finish a tie for 41st at the AT&T Byron Nelson last month.

On Sunday, however, he remained composed and mixed four birdies with two bogeys to keep his closest challengers at bay.   Continued...

Jun 26, 2016; Bethesda, MD, USA; Billy Hurley III lines up a birdie putt on the first hole during the final round of the Quicken Loans National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club - Blue Course. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports