Hurley, Hoffmann top late additions to JDC field

SILVIS — Two players who received John Deere Classic sponsor exemptions early in their respective careers decided to add the annual local PGA Tour event to their schedules on Friday.

Billy Hurley III and Morgan Hoffmann were two nice additions to the 156-man field that will be playing in the $5.6 million event next week at TPC Deere Run. Hurley, who won last year’s Quicken Loans National and was T8 at this year’s Wells Fargo Championship, is No. 107 in the FedEx Cup standings. Hoffmann, still seeking his first PGA Tour victory, is No. 74.

Catching Up with Billy Hurley III PGA TOUR’s Lone Veteran

USN had a chance to ask PGA TOUR™ professional golfer Billy Hurley III about his military background (USNA ’04) as well as his golf career, including how he feels about being the only military Veteran on the PGA TOUR™.

He won his only PGA TOUR™ tournament at the 2016 Quicken Loans National and is back June 29-July 2 to defend his title (for more info, go to

The many facets of Navy vet and PGA TOUR player Billy Hurley III

Billy Hurley III is a bit of an anomaly on the PGA TOUR. Although, as a kid, he dreamed of having a pro golf career, he took the “scenic route” to get there. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the United States Naval Academy, then served five years as a naval officer—including deployment in the Persian Gulf—before earning his place on the TOUR.

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.