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Hurley III wins Quicken Loans National

Ranked No. 607 in the world last year, 34-year-old Billy Hurley III earned his first PGA Tour victory with a win at the Quicken Loans National.


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You can tell the popularity of a winner by the amount of congratulations he receives from peers. Billy Hurley III already clubhouse leader.

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Billy Hurley III, choking back tears: "It's been a hard year, a really hard year. So it's nice to have something go well."

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Billy Hurley III, ranked #607, wins Quicken Loans PGA Tour event. His career earnings are now $3.94M, 31.5% comes from today's win.

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The $1,242,000 Billy Hurley III earned Sunday with his first career PGA Tour victory at the Quicken Loans National is actually more than his best entire season on tour. (Was $1,145,299 in 2014.)

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

The Billy Hurley III story is improbable on about five different levels. If this was a Hollywood script, you'd think it was too far-fetched.

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Billy Hurley III leads by three heading to the last hole. Less than a decade ago, he was navigating a Navy ship through the Persian Gulf.

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Billy Hurley III is ranked 607th in the world. His previous PGA Tour results this season: MC-52nd-41st-MC-MC-MC-57th-MC-51st-MC-63rd.

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Billy Hurley III chips in and gives a Tiger-like fist-pump. One of the more improbable journeys to the winner's circle could be happening.

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No news here, but if you've missed the saga surrounding Tiger Woods' return, the Quicken Loans National host just summarized it nicely while in the CBS broadcast booth: "I want to play [this year]. I don't know if I will, but I want to."

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

Still bizarre to see Tiger Woods wearing Sunday black hat/red shirt in the booth as if he's about to hop on the back nine and start playing.