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Monday, June 27, 2016

The Limerick Summary: 2016 Quicken Loans National

Winner: Billy Hurley III

Around the wider world of golf: Lydia Ko won the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship on the LPGA; Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong won the Island Resort Championship on the Symetra Tour; Henrik Stenson won the BMW International Open on the ET; Kirk Triplett won the American Family Insurance Championship on the Champions Tour; Ollie Schniederjans won the Air Capital Classic on the Web.com Tour; Max Rottluff won the SIGA Dakota Dunes Open on the MACKENZIE TOUR - PGA TOUR Canada; Jun-Won Park won the ISPS HANDA Global Cup on the Japan Golf Tour; and Bo-Mee Lee won the Earth Mondamin Cup on the JLPGA (bangkokbobby has details).

Billy Hurley with trophy while Tiger applauds

One year ago, Lieutenant Bobby Hurley III's week at the Quicken Loans National was a tough one. His father had gone missing and his family was desperate to find him. With help from viewers of the event, they finally did. But life got even tougher a few weeks later when his father unexpectedly committed suicide.

The last year has been a struggle for him. He lost his Tour privileges and has been bouncing back and forth between the PGA Tour and the Web.com Tour, playing on sponsor's exemptions when he could get them. Perhaps in part because this event honors the military, Tiger and Company gave him an exemption into this week's event, which also happens to be his hometown event.

Looks like they made a really good choice there. Billy had only had one other 54-hole lead -- ironically, at the 2014 Greenbrier Classic (which has been cancelled this year due to the severe flooding) -- and he didn't play well that last round. You'd have never known it if you watched his final round Sunday. He shot a very steady 2-under 69, punctuated by a dramatic 35-yard hole-out at the 15th and a 27-foot putt at the 16th. It was more than enough for a three-shot victory.

Tiger probably put it best:
"To have a serviceman actually win the event, it doesn't get any better than that. He's actually truly one that did serve his country, and for him to win an event that honors the military more than any other event, it's very apropos that he did it here."
And now you might say he's signed on for a two-year Tour of duty, complete with invites to several big events, including the Open. He said he might not make it to Troon this year -- his sister gets married that weekend. But even if he doesn't, the 2017 Masters awaits.

In the meantime, Billy can celebrate his first Tour victory and the upcoming Independence Day holiday with a brand new Limerick Summary. Well done, Lieutenant!
With a troublesome year now behind,
Maybe Billy will have a clear mind
To pursue life on Tour—
He’s got two years for sure—
And pull rank at a major next time.
The photo came from the tournament daily wrap-up page at PGATOUR.com.

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