Jordan Spieth elected over Billy Hurley III as PGA Tour's Player Advisory Council chairman
By now you've likely seen Billy Hurley III's hilarious "attack ad" against Jordan Spieth as part of his campaign to be elected chairman of the PGA Tour's Player Advisory Council. Based on the reaction to the satirical video, it felt like a foregone conclusion Hurley III would win.
Unfortunately for Hurley, who served five years in the U.S. Navy before joining the PGA Tour, the ad wasn't enough to pull off the upset over the "Golden Child," who received enough votes to be elected chairman, the PGA Tour announced on Wednesday. Spieth's three-year term will begin in 2019 as he succeeds Davis Love III. PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan had nothing but great things to say about both candidates.
“Having a player with Jordan’s pedigree and perspective will be a tremendous addition to the PAC this year and the Policy Board starting in 2019,” Monahan said. “We certainly looked at this as a win-win for the tour, as both Jordan and Billy were excellent candidates and both will make significant contributions to the tour in helping to shape policy.”
While Hurley's effort was most definitely a valiant one, it doesn't seem like he's going to lose too much sleep over the loss. When speaking on the Golf Digest Podcast this week, the 2016 Quicken Loans National champion made it clear he was just having a little fun with the video. "I had no intention of really swaying the votes. We just figured we can make this really funny, and we obviously did."
Amen to that. We can only hope there is more sketch comedy in Hurley's future once this whole golf and political career comes to an end.