Final Round FAQs: Billy Hurley III’s Life Changing Day

Hurley's family and friends celebrate the big win at the Quicken Loans Naitonal. Credit: PGA Tour Media

Billy Hurley III’s win at the Quicken Loans National is a true Cinderella story. At 34 years-old, playing in front of his hometown, in a tournament which celebrates America’s military veterans, the Naval Academy graduate could not have dreamed of a better outcome.

With the championship in the can, here is the final installment of the QLN’s FAQs.

1. How Did Hurley Get Into This Event as the 198th ranked Player in FedEx Points Standings?

Tiger Woods used one of his two exemptions on Billy Hurley III!

2. How Much Did Billy Hurley Win?

Hurley III takes home $1,242,000 for his win. It’s about 15 times more than he’s made all year — which was $80,700.

3. How many FedEx Points Did Hurley III Pick Up?

Hurley III takes home 500 FedEx points. He entered the tournament with 80 FedEx points for the season. He jumped from 198 to 70, an amazing 128 position leap.

4. How does this impact HurleyOWGR standing?

Hurley III will jump from No. 609 to 166 – a whopping 443 spots.

5. What kind of exemptions did the Navy veteran secure with his win?

A (Navy) ship load, let’s just say that. Hurley III no longer needs to write letters to tournament directors begging for an exemption, as he’s fully exempt on the PGA Tour all the way through the 2017-2018 season. It also gets him a spot in the 2016 (British) Open Championship and PGA Championship this summer, as well as the following big 2017 events: The Masters, The Players, The Tournament of Champions, Arnold Palmer Invitational, and The Memorial. It’s a life changer for the married father of three young children.

Bonus: What Golf Ball Did Billy Hurley III Play to Win his First PGA Tour Event?

Hurley III played a Bridgestone Tour 330-S to make shots like these.

And speaking of Bridgestone. It’s bye-bye Congressional, and onto Firestone CC (Akron, OH) for this week’s World Golf Championship – Bridgestone Invitational.


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