Hurley set to defend title

ABC7 — Billy Hurley III, who won his first PGA tour title last year at the Quicken Loans National, was in town earlier this week to address the media as he begins preparations to defend his title.

Billy Hurley III ready to defend title at Quicken Loans National

POTOMAC — Billy Hurley III acknowledges he might have a slight advantage over his fellow PGA Tour professionals during the Quicken Loans National. That’s because the Annapolis resident has significant experience playing the golf course that will host the tournament.

Hurley routinely practices at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm and has played two competitive tournaments there.

Billy Hurley III returns to area to promote next month’s Quicken Loans National

As the only military veteran on the PGA Tour, Billy Hurley III remains an advocate who honors those who are serving and have served in the armed forces.

That is why his first career victory at the Quicken Loans National became one of golf’s most inspirational stories last year. The 2004 Naval Academy graduate hoisted the trophy — presented to him by Tiger Woods, the event’s host — in his hometown tournament that places a premium on initiatives designed to recognize the military.

Billy Hurley III cans 50-footer for birdie

Billy Hurley III isn’t going to win the 2017 Players Championship, but the birdie he made on the par-4 12th hole in Sunday’s final round will certainly give him something to smile about.

The revamped 12th hole at TPC Sawgrass is now a driveable par 4, but — like many players this week — Hurley laid up with an iron off the tee.

PGA Tour winner’s cool new golf bag honors Naval destroyer he used to serve on

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Billy Hurley III already had one of the more unusual backgrounds of anyone on the PGA Tour. And now he has the coolest golf bag in pro golf.

At this week’s Players Championship, Hurley unveiled a sleek new bag that’s designed to look like the destroyer he served on for five years. Yes, we said “destroyer.” Hurley served in the Navy for five years after graduating from the Naval Academy in 2004. Take a look at the bag that’s drawing plenty of eyeballs this week at TPC Sawgrass.

Billy Hurley's Bag

Anybody notice Bobby Hurley’s bag at TPC this weekend? Paying tribute to the ship he served on in the Navy, the destroyer the USS Chung-Hoon

Sweet looking bag!!!