Having just pulled off one of the most unlikely victories in recent PGA Tour history, Billy Hurley III gave us another surprise on Tuesday. He's skipping the British Open -- and we can't blame him. Let's explain.
On Sunday night, after his first PGA Tour title qualified him for golf's oldest major championship, Hurley said there was a chance he wouldn't travel to Royal Troon. Why? Well, his sister, Megan, is getting married the Saturday of the tournament (Bad timing, Megan!).
“Something tells me it’s going to be a pretty hard sell,” Hurley said. “We’ll have to figure it out. Some of my team kept telling me: ‘If you get in the Open, you’re going. Send them a nice present, you’re going.’ I don’t know.
“That’s certainly not a foregone conclusion that I’m going, to be honest with you.”
By Tuesday, it appears Hurley realized a nice present wasn't going to be enough.
In fact, Billy is listed as a groomsman on the wedding's website. Yeah, backing out probably wouldn't have gone over too well. . .
Hurley, 34, is playing in this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, but playing in a fifth career major is going to have to wait. Not that we should be surprised. A man who served for five years in the Navy knows a thing or two about loyalty and commitment.