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Quicken Loans National 2016

Round 4 - Billy Hurley III claims maiden PGA Tour win

June 27, 2016

Billy Hurley III held the club in his left hand and fist pumped with his right. The ball disappeared into the hole in front of him as the crowd roared, and Hurley let loose the emotion he'd been holding in.

''That's probably like the most emotion I've ever shown in my life,'' Hurley said.

An hour later, not far from his Annapolis home and the Naval Academy he graduated from 12 years ago, Hurley became a champion. He shot a 2-under 69 on Sunday to win his hometown Quicken Loans National at Congressional for his first PGA Tour victory.

''Couldn't be a better tournament to win from all the facets of it,'' Hurley said with the trophy in front of him. ''From just being close to home, being close to the Academy, close to where I grew up. It's just perfect.''

The 607th-ranked player in the world finished at 17 under in Tiger Woods' annual tournament, three strokes ahead of three-time major champion Vijay Singh, who said it was nice to see Hurley play well and not lose it at the end.

Hurley didn't lose it. He only got better as it went along.

To beat Singh, Ernie Els and 21-year-old Jon Rahm, Hurley showed the poise he developed at the Naval Academy and during his five years of service. Mental toughness and focus he said help with adversity on the course, and that showed through in his 104th PGA Tour start.

With the 53-year-old Singh closing on him, Hurley was at his best. He holed out from 35 yards on the fairway for birdie on the 15th, a shot worthy of celebration and one Woods himself called ''impressive, really impressive.''

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. Hurley the family man said it wasn't a foregone conclusion he'd go to Royal Troon because his sister is getting married that weekend in Leesburg, Virginia, where they grew up.

Open or no Open, this is a career-altering victory for Hurley, who served five years in the Navy and showed he could master drives off the tee as well as he mastered driving ships through the Suez Canal. Before now, 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 win.
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''To have a serviceman actually win the event, it doesn't get any better than that,'' Woods said. He's actually truly one that did serve his country, and for him to win an event that honors the military more than any other event, it's very apropos that he did it here.''

Singh closed with a 65. Rahm, the former Arizona State star from Spain, wrapped up his professional debut with a 70 to tie for third with Bill Haas (68) at 13 under. Els was fifth at 12 under after an eventful 72 that included five bogeys and one double.

Hurley, Singh, Rahm and Harold Varner III qualified for the British Open as a result of the tournament and Smylie Kaufman got in through FedEx Cup points.

Future tournaments weren't on his mind this week, but his father was. Willard Hurley Jr. died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound 10 months ago.

Hurley thought of his dad, a police officer, when he saw officers following his group Saturday.
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Billy Hurley III, right, chats with Tiger Woods before receiving a trophy for winning the Quicken Lo …

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

Hurley maintained his focus in the final round with Woods watching in his trademark Sunday red and with galleries full of fans supporting the local boy who proudly sports Navy colors including a club head cover of the academy's goat mascot.

All week, Hurley heard chants of ''Maryland'' and ''21412,'' the zip code for the Naval Academy. The honorary starters on the first hole Sunday were Naval officers Georges Labaki and Matthew Cook, who both had met and talked to Hurley about golf and service.

''He served, for one,'' Labaki said. ''He did his time and he's also representing the Navy. I've had a talk with him, personally, also, a few years ago. He said it's been an honor to serve, but he wanted to follow his passion, golf.''

Memories of his time at the Naval Academy came back amid the birdies that peppered his round. They came flooding back once Hurley won the tournament.

''This is the stuff I remember being in plebe summer at the Naval Academy telling one of my teammates I was going to play on the PGA Tour and he kind of chuckled at me,'' he said. ''And now to have won on the PGA Tour, unbelievable.''

Round 3 - Billy Hurley III opens two shot lead

June 26, 2016

Billy Hurley III relied on his experience as a Naval officer to stay focused during a bogey-free round in the Quicken Loans National. Only a few times did his mind slip away.

Hurley couldn't help but drift away from golf when he made the turn and looked at the police officers following his group. Not used to that attention, Hurley thought about his father who died 10 months ago of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

''It dawned on me: This is what my dad did. He walked inside the ropes and did this at Presidents Cups and stuff,'' Hurley said. ''Obviously, I think about my dad a lot.''

With his dad on his mind, Hurley shot a 4-under 67 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over Ernie Els into the final round of Tiger Woods' annual tournament. The 607th-ranked player in the world was 15 under and in position for his first PGA Tour victory.

''I can't think of a better one for me to win,' said Hurley, a graduate of the Naval Academy and a resident of Annapolis. ''To be my first one on tour, it would be probably the best one of kind of the regular-season tournaments, for sure.''

To win, Hurley will have to again tame the Blue Course at Congressional as he has through three rounds and fend off Els and the rest of the pack chasing him. Jon Rahm (70) was three strokes back, and Bill Haas and Webb Simpson (68) were five back.

Even though he believes ''no lead is big enough,'' Hurley was in control because he had just three bogeys. Even when he hasn't hit fairways, the 34-year-old has looked poised and unfazed by the spotlight and the pressure of being the hometown rooting interest.

Hurley credits his five years in the Navy for building up mental toughness.

''That definitely helps in adversity on the golf course,'' said Hurley, who grew up in Leesburg, Virginia. ''Focus, too. When you're driving a ship through the Suez Canal, it's all eyes ahead, focused exactly what we're doing. Land on each side and trying to just keep it in the middle. Focusing on the task at hand is definitely something that I've learned, as well.''

The task at hand now is being paired with Els, a four-time major winner, on Sunday.

Els holed out for eagle on the par-4 12th and finished with a 65. The 46-year-old hit a 9-iron from the fairway from 157 yards.

''When the game gives you something, there's a lot of excitement there and that was really one of the more exciting moments,'' Els said. ''I don't think I've ever slam-dunked it into the hole like that. I've had some run of slopes and run into the hole but that just flew right in. It was a great feeling.''

Els hasn't won since the 2012 British Open but has been building up his confidence despite a poor run of results. He has been thinking about winning at Congressional, the place he captured the 1997 U.S. Open.

''I can't but help think about it because I won one of my biggest events here as a pro and I love it so much and obviously one more win will give me the 20, which is huge,'' Els said. ''On the golf course you think about the next shot and I'm quite focused this week on my next golf shot. I'm not too clogged with that kind of a thought.''

Rahm is trying to maintain his composure after struggling in the third round of his first professional event. The 21-year-old former Arizona State star from Spain, who held the lead after one round and shared it with Hurley after two, had four bogeys in the 70 that left him three strokes behind Hurley.

Rahm said he couldn't drive the ball all day. He sliced his tee shot on 13 past the trees and putted well enough to stay in contention.

''I couldn't seem to find the rhythm to find the fairway,'' Rahm said. ''With the way I hit the driver, I'm lucky to have finished under par.''

Round 2 - Jon Rahm and Billy Hurley III share lead

June 25, 2016

Spain's Jon Rahm kept up his impressive professional debut by posting a four-under-par 67 to share a three-shot, second-round lead with local favorite Billy Hurley III at the Quicken Loans National on Friday.

Overnight leader Rahm, the former Arizona State golfer who was the low amateur at last week's U.S. Open at Oakmont, held sole possession of the lead before missing a four-foot par putt at the last in Bethesda, Maryland.

Hurley, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate who calls nearby Annapolis his home, fired a six-under 65 to join playing partner Rahm on 11-under-par 131 at Congressional.

Alone in third place was 53-year-old Vijay Singh of Fiji, whose five-under 66 took him to eight-under at the halfway mark.

Lurking another shot back was Ernie Els, tied with three others at seven-under on the course where the big South African won his second U.S. Open crown in 1997.

Rahm was delighted that he was able to register another strong score in his second professional round after opening with a 64.

"I couldn't be happier," the 21-year-old from Barrika said. "(Thursday) was a great round and after a great round usually it's hard to follow it. I'm really proud of myself."

Three-times major champion Singh, who has not won on the PGA Tour since 2008, could become the circuit's oldest winner with a victory.

Hurley, looking for a first PGA Tour victory, credited his impressive start to his play on the greens.

"I made a lot of good putts today but they were all really tricky," said Hurley, who was encouraged by fans shouting out "21412" as he confidently made his way around Congressional.

"21412 is the zip code of the post office on the Naval Academy," Hurley explained.

Tied with Els on seven-under were Americans Webb Simpson, the 2012 U.S. Open champion, Bill Haas and Harold Varnell III.

Round 1 - Jon Rahm leads on pro debut

June 24, 2016

Jon Rahm couldn't remember a single shot he took in a professional debut to remember. Ernie Els recalled shots he hit on the same course 19 years ago.

Rahm shot a 7-under 64 on Thursday at Congressional to take the first-round lead in the Quicken Loans National, Tiger Woods' annual tournament that started two hours late because of rain.

The soft course, with a fox lounging on the edge of a bunker and darting around with little care for the golf going on around him, allowed players to attack fairways and play aggressively. Rahm took advantage of that with seven birdies in a bogey-free round.

''I was anticipating this moment,'' the 21-year-old Spaniard said. ''I'm working on it a long time that I kind of blacked out a little bit. I don't remember a single swing I made all day or any putting stroke or anything. I just remember the ball flying or rolling.''

The former Arizona State star was the only amateur to make the cut last week in the U.S. Open, tying for 23rd at Oakmont. With momentum from the U.S. Open, Rahm tried to temper his expectations and relied on advice from golf great Jack Nicklaus.

''What he told me is to just never do more than what I can do,'' said Rahm, who cited not looking at social media as another key to his success. ''Try not to risk too much. And that's certainly something I did today.''

The long-hitting Rahm had a one-stroke lead over Jhonattan Vegas and a two-stroke advantage over a pack that included Els, who won the 1997 U.S. Open at Congressional. Rickie Fowler and Vijay Singh were among those at 68.

Els, who turned pro five years before Rahm was born, chose to play the Quicken Loans immediately after missing the cut at the U.S. Open because of how much he likes the course. He has the same caddie, Ricci Roberts, who was on his bag back in 1997, and Thursday was full of useful memories.

''Winning a major at a special place like Congressional, playing here again, you just keep thinking back on shots,'' Els said. ''Almost every single hole there's a moment back in '97 where we can remember still.''

The 46-year-old Els is almost four years from his last victory, when he won the 2012 British Open. But he started feeling more like himself during the pro-am Wednesday and showed it by shooting a 66.

''I felt comfortable with my swing this week,'' Els said. ''I've had a very tough year. I haven't played very well, so I need to start playing well.''

Rahm, on the other hand, has been gradually improving. He opened eyes by tying for fifth at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February 2015 and turned pro as the top-ranked amateur.

Now his challenge is to keep expectations low while leading a tournament. Rahm's plan was to go see a movie and get away from golf rather than focus on it.

''It is a challenge,'' Rahm said. ''I've been playing a lot of golf lately and maybe trying to get time off golf is just as important as time practicing, so maybe just resting my mind a little bit would be the best way to do it.''

Bill Haas, Jamie Lovemark, Kyle Reifers, Camilo Villegas, Harold Varner III, Billy Hurley IIIand Wesley Bryan were at 66 along with Els.

The 7,569-yard course, which last hosted the U.S. Open in 2011 when Rory McIlroy won it by eight strokes, could play even longer once it dries out by the weekend. After rain that started before dawn, players said the fairways weren't bouncing, so clean shots could get the job done.

''On this course you had better drive it well in the fairway and it's a bonus if you can drive it long and straight,'' Vegas said. ''Put it in the fairway and greens being a little softer than normal, you can play a good round today.''

Scores

1 USA Billy Hurley III -17 - Par 66 65 67 69 267
2 FIJ Vijay Singh -14 - Par 68 66 71 65 270
T3 USA Bill Haas -13 - Par 66 69 68 68 271
T3 ESP Jon Rahm -13 - Par 64 67 70 70 271
5 RSA Ernie Els -12 - Par 66 69 65 72 272
6 USA Webb Simpson -10 - Par 67 68 68 71 274
7 USA Harold Varner III -9 - Par 66 69 70 70 275
T8 USA Robert Garrigus -8 - Par 67 69 70 70 276
T8 ITA Francesco Molinari -8 - Par 69 73 69 65 276
T10 USA Smylie Kaufman -7 - Par 67 73 70 67 277
T10 USA Rob Oppenheim -7 - Par 69 71 69 68 277
T12 AUS Aaron Baddeley -6 - Par 73 68 66 71 278
T12 USA Andres Gonzales -6 - Par 69 72 69 68 278
T12 CAN David Hearn -6 - Par 70 67 72 69 278
T12 USA Chris Kirk -6 - Par 72 70 71 65 278
T12 USA Kevin Streelman -6 - Par 71 68 69 70 278
T12 CAN Nick Taylor -6 - Par 69 70 69 70 278
T12 USA Justin Thomas -6 - Par 69 69 70 70 278
T19 USA Derek Fathauer -5 - Par 71 70 71 67 279
T19 USA John Huh -5 - Par 72 69 73 65 279
T21 USA Jim Furyk -4 - Par 73 68 71 68 280
T21 USA Mark Hubbard -4 - Par 67 69 73 71 280
T21 SCO Martin Laird -4 - Par 68 72 72 68 280
T21 USA Sam Saunders -4 - Par 67 70 72 71 280
T21 USA Robert Streb -4 - Par 69 70 71 70 280
T21 USA Daniel Summerhays -4 - Par 70 69 70 71 280
T21 USA Hudson Swafford -4 - Par 70 69 71 70 280
T21 USA Gary Woodland -4 - Par 69 69 69 73 280
T29 USA Blayne Barber -3 - Par 68 73 73 67 281
T29 USA Wesley Bryan -3 - Par 66 74 67 74 281
T29 USA Chad Collins -3 - Par 72 69 70 70 281
T29 USA Erik Compton -3 - Par 68 70 68 75 281
T29 USA Lucas Glover -3 - Par 68 71 73 69 281
T29 USA Brian Harman -3 - Par 69 73 70 69 281
T29 KOR Michael Kim -3 - Par 68 70 72 71 281
T29 USA Jason Kokrak -3 - Par 69 69 72 71 281
T29 USA Wes Roach -3 - Par 72 69 66 74 281
T29 AUS John Senden -3 - Par 67 70 74 70 281
T39 ARG Fabian Gomez -2 - Par 67 74 72 69 282
T39 USA Jim Herman -2 - Par 69 71 71 71 282
T39 AUS Marc Leishman -2 - Par 67 71 72 72 282
T39 USA Patrick Reed -2 - Par 68 70 70 74 282
T39 USA Brendan Steele -2 - Par 73 69 69 71 282
T44 KOR Byeong Hun An -1 - Par 69 68 72 74 283
T44 USA Kevin Chappell -1 - Par 70 69 69 75 283
T44 USA Rickie Fowler -1 - Par 68 68 73 74 283
T44 USA Ben Martin -1 - Par 72 68 73 70 283
T44 USA Sean O'Hair -1 - Par 68 72 71 72 283
T44 AUS Rod Pampling -1 - Par 70 71 72 70 283
T44 USA Chez Reavie -1 - Par 72 70 70 71 283
T44 USA Kyle Reifers -1 - Par 66 71 74 72 283
T44 USA Patrick Rodgers -1 - Par 70 69 72 72 283
T44 USA Kyle Stanley -1 - Par 69 73 70 71 283
T44 USA Shawn Stefani -1 - Par 71 70 70 72 283
T44 USA Chris Stroud -1 - Par 69 71 72 71 283
T44 VEN Jhonattan Vegas -1 - Par 65 76 73 69 283
T57 USA Keegan Bradley Par - Par 70 68 72 74 284
T57 USA Charley Hoffman Par - Par 67 72 72 73 284
T57 USA Patton Kizzire Par - Par 70 71 71 72 284
T57 USA Steve Marino Par - Par 67 74 71 72 284
T57 RSA Tyrone Van Aswegen Par - Par 69 70 71 74 284
T62 USA Roberto Castro 1 - Par 71 71 73 70 285
T62 USA Jamie Lovemark 1 - Par 66 75 76 68 285
T64 IND Arjun Atwal 2 - Par 70 70 73 73 286
T64 USA Bryson DeChambeau 2 - Par 70 71 71 74 286
T64 USA Chesson Hadley 2 - Par 68 73 70 75 286
T64 USA James Hahn 2 - Par 70 72 71 73 286
T64 USA Will MacKenzie 2 - Par 68 71 75 72 286
T64 RSA Drikus Van der Walt 2 - Par 70 70 73 73 286
T64 COL Camilo Villegas 2 - Par 66 72 77 71 286
71 IND Anirban Lahiri 3 - Par 71 71 75 70 287
T72 USA Jon Curran 4 - Par 69 73 77 69 288
T72 USA Luke Guthrie 4 - Par 71 71 74 72 288
74 USA Tony Finau 5 - Par 69 73 70 77 289
T75 USA Zac Blair 6 - Par 71 70 74 75 290
T75 USA Tom Hoge 6 - Par 69 72 76 73 290
T75 USA Charles Howell III 6 - Par 74 66 75 75 290
78 USA Scott Langley 12 - Par 68 73 77 78 296
CUT USA Scott Stallings Par - Par 73 - - - 73
CUT AUS Stuart Appleby 1 - Par 72 71 - - 143
CUT USA Ben Crane 1 - Par 72 71 - - 143
CUT AUS Matt Jones 1 - Par 72 71 - - 143
CUT KOR Sung-Hoon Kang 1 - Par 71 - - - 71
CUT USA Troy Merritt 1 - Par 71 72 - - 143
CUT USA Jeff Overton 1 - Par 72 71 - - 143
CUT USA Scott Pinckney 1 - Par 69 74 - - 143
CUT USA Brett Stegmaier 1 - Par 72 71 - - 143
CUT NZL Tim Wilkinson 1 - Par 70 - - - 70
CUT ZIM Brendon de Jonge 2 - Par 71 73 - - 144
CUT USA Luke List 2 - Par 68 76 - - 144
CUT USA Vaughn Taylor 2 - Par 70 - - - 70
CUT USA Cameron Tringale 2 - Par 73 - - - 73
CUT USA Steve Wheatcroft 2 - Par 72 72 - - 144
CUT KOR Si Woo Kim 2 - Par 67 77 - - 144
CUT USA Morgan Hoffmann 3 - Par 72 73 - - 145
CUT USA Jordan Niebrugge 3 - Par 72 73 - - 145
CUT USA Ryan Palmer 3 - Par 69 76 - - 145
CUT USA Brian Stuard 3 - Par 73 72 - - 145
CUT USA Bronson Burgoon 4 - Par 72 74 - - 146
CUT USA Russell Henley 4 - Par 72 - - - 72
CUT KOR Whee-su Kim 4 - Par 70 76 - - 146
CUT KOR Seung-Yul Noh 4 - Par 73 73 - - 146
CUT RSA Rory Sabbatini 4 - Par 74 72 - - 146
CUT AUS Cameron Smith 4 - Par 70 76 - - 146
CUT CAN Adam Hadwin 5 - Par 69 78 - - 147
CUT USA Spencer Levin 5 - Par 74 - - - 74
CUT USA Peter Malnati 5 - Par 76 71 - - 147
CUT MEX Carlos Ortiz 5 - Par 76 - - - 76
CUT USA Michael Thompson 5 - Par 71 76 - - 147
CUT USA Tyler Aldridge 6 - Par 72 76 - - 148
CUT KOR KJ Choi 6 - Par 75 73 - - 148
CUT JPN Hiroshi Iwata 6 - Par 72 76 - - 148
CUT USA Andrew Loupe 6 - Par 74 - - - 74
CUT USA Davis Love III 6 - Par 73 75 - - 148
CUT ENG Greg Owen 6 - Par 70 78 - - 148
CUT USA Martin Piller 8 - Par 74 76 - - 150
CUT SWE Carl Pettersson 9 - Par 75 76 - - 151
- USA Bud Cauley Par - Par - - - - 0
RET USA George McNeill 3 - Par 75 - - - 75
RET USA Jason Gore 5 - Par 76 - - - 76

 





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