The Shorty: First Officer

Billy Hurley III

There’s no shortage of stories on the world’s golf tours that will leave your heart warm. You just have to know where to look.

However, there are times when those stories happen right before your eyes. Billy Hurley III has one of those. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2004 and, committed to five years of service, served as a lieutenant on ships that were deployed in places such as the Persian Gulf.


After he completed his commitment, he joined the PGA Tour and has toiled as an enlisted man ever since. Until Sunday. Hurley won his first PGA Tour event at the Quicken Loans National, hosted by Tiger Woods and a tournament that pays tribute to the nation’s military.

As if that weren’t enough, it was during last year’s Quicken Loans that Hurley’s father went missing. He was found but committed suicide a short time later.

So, you might imagine, there was plenty of emotion to go around when Hurley posted a three-shot, life-changing victory. He is now in the Open Championship, the PGA Championship and has a full PGA Tour exemption over the rest of this season and the next two.

Henrik Stenson’s victory at the BMW International Open in Germany wasn’t his first but it was his first since 2014. He’s had four other top-six finishes on the European Tour this season and it was his 10th European Tour title.

Lydia Ko didn’t need a life-changing victory when she topped the field at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship on the LPGA Tour. Her life has already been changed, never to be the same. She now hopes to concentrate on changing the lives of others.

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