Confusion over status costs Hurley AT&T exemption
For about 48 hours, it seemed as though Billy Hurley would be making his PGA Tour season debut at this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. After confusion surfaced over Hurley’s status from 2012, though, it turned out he was ineligible to receive the exemption that had been offered.
“Just got off the phone w/ @attproam they gave me an exemption! Now to scramble and get to Pebble,” Hurley posted to Twitter last Friday. “Looking fwd to teeing it up next week.”
The exemption in question, though, was only available to players who have current status with the Tour – namely, those that finished in the top 150 on last year’s money list. Although Hurley was 150th in FedEx Cup points last season, he was 151st on the money list, and once he arrived on-site Sunday, organizers soon realized that Hurley did not meet the criteria for the exemption.