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Topic - Billy Hurley Iii
Robert Garrigus shot a 2-over 73 on Saturday at the AT&T National, but if it wasn't for a life-changing decision in 2003, he may have not even been in the field.
Forget about whether a tree falling at Congressional Country Club makes a sound if nobody is around to hear it. There was another musing to ponder after violent thunderstorms battered the metro area Friday night, leading tournament officials to ban spectators and volunteers Saturday morning:
Midway through the first day of the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club, things are heating up. The early leader among those already finished is Vijay Singh, who posted a 3-under-par score of 68 during Thursday's round.
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.
"In some ways it was nice and in some ways it was not nice," said Billy Hurley III, who's tied for fifth place after shooting the day's best round, 5 under. "It was a different experience."
"It was a lot of fun out there," Hurley said. "I really only made one mistake ... playing good any day is good."