Billy Hurley III scored a life-changing victory last Sunday at the PGA Tour’s Quicken Loans National.
But it’s refreshing to know that the fame, adulation and dollars that come with winning on Tour haven’t altered his character.
Among the spoils of Hurley’s triumph at Congressional Country Club was a berth in next month’s Open Championship at Royal Troon – a significant perk for a guy who’s played in only two previous majors, one of them an Open.
But the 34-year-old former naval officer turned it down so he can attend his sister’s wedding, which is scheduled for the Saturday of the Open.
“I wouldn’t miss my sister’s wedding for the world,” Hurley said. “I think that 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 husband.”
Less than a year ago, Hurley’s father, Willard Hurley Jr., died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after having gone missing during the 2015 Quicken Loans National. That tragic loss, no doubt, played into his son’s thinking on the importance of being there for his family.
And you’ll recall this is a golfer who deferred his Tour dreams to fulfill his service commitment after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2004.
Hurley clearly has his priorities in order. Here’s hoping there are many more Open Championships in his future.