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 www.qlnational.com).

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.

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.