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By Steve King
Topic - Billy Hurley Iii
A lieutenant in the U.S. Navy who was stationed aboard a destroyer from 2007 through 2009, Billy Hurley III once missed a connection in London that forced him to find a hotel and rebook a flight to Bahrain. By the time he leaves next week, Hurley is hoping this stay in England goes much better than the last.
Cabrera, the Argentine whose only other PGA Tour victories came in the 2007 U.S. Open and 2009 Masters, built a three-shot lead before making things interesting with a pair of late bogeys. He finished at 16-under 264.
Hurley earned his best career finish at Congressional in 2012 when he finished tied for fourth place at 4-under par. Combine that with the fact that he is having the best year of his career and the Leesburg, Virginia, native could quickly become a favorite this week.
After opening with a 74, Hurley shaved off seven strokes the second time around for a 3-under 141, tying with Donald Constable and Nicholas Mason at three strokes behind medalist Chad Collins. All four will tee it up next week at Pinehurst No. 2.
The field of 120 that teed off at Congressional on Thursday had enough pressure as it was. They had to play well and get into a position to not only make the cut, but also contend.
After a stellar college career including seven titles, captaining the 2004 Palmer Cup team and earning the Byron Nelson Award for being the top collegiate golfer and sportsman, Billy Hurley III did something most athletes in his position do not.
A number of golfers with local ties teed off Thursday at the Melwood Prince George's County Open, but playing near their home turf didn't lead to lower scores in the Nationwide Tour event.
Despite graduating as the country's top collegiate golfer, Billy Hurley III has so far navigated a career highlighted by much more than clutch putts or hoisted trophies.
"We kind of got most of that figured out now, and so now it's about trying to get back in and play a golf tournament," Hurley said.
"I got a taste of the major feel at the U.S. Open, and I want to play a lot of those, but to rattle off No. 2 right after it is kind of exciting," Hurley said.