Hurley chooses his sister over The Open Championship
June 28, 2016
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
- June 28, 2016
- With a win at the Quicken Loans National, Billy Hurley III receives an exemption into The Open Championship at Royal Troon. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Family comes first for Billy Hurley III.
An exemption into The Open Championship was one of the many perks that came with his surprise victory at last week’s Quicken Loans National. His sister’s wedding is the same week as The Open at Royal Troon, though.
Not even a spot in golf’s oldest championship could keep him from seeing her get married. Megan Hurley is getting married July 16, the Saturday of The Open Championship, in Virginia.
“I wouldn’t miss my sister’s wedding for the world, and I think at this point in time for me and my family and the trajectory of our family, it’s very important for me to be there to support her and her new husband,” Hurley said Tuesday in his pre-tournament press conference for the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. “It was a pretty easy decision at the end of the day.”
Hurley arrived at Congressional Country Club ranked 198th in the FedExCup and 607th in the Official World Golf Ranking. He only had conditional status this season and needed a sponsor exemption from tournament host Tiger Woods to get into the field. His win was arguably the most shocking of the PGA TOUR season.
He shot 17-under 267 to finish three shots ahead of Vijay Singh and earn his first PGA TOUR victory at the age of 34.
Hurley is making his debut in a World Golf Championship this week. He’s played in four previous major championships: three U.S. Opens and the 2014 Open Championship (T64). He said his sister was in tears when he informed her that he would be at her wedding. He called her during his Tuesday practice round for the Bridgestone Invitational.
He is scheduled to make his PGA Championship debut next month and earned his first Masters invitation with his win.
He guaranteed he’ll be at Augusta National next April.
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