Navy vet Billy Hurley shoots 7-under 63, takes 1-shot lead at Greenbrier

  • Article by: JOHN RABY , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 4, 2014 - 11:32 PM
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Billy Hurley III lined up a putt on the 10th green during the second round of the Greenbrier Classic on Friday.

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Billy Hurley III has been waiting for a breakthrough moment on the PGA Tour. On Independence Day, the former U.S. Navy officer might have set himself up for one this weekend in the Greenbrier Classic.

Hurley shot a season-best 7-under 63 on Friday to take the second-round lead.

Hurley's bogey-free round included a chip-in from 29 feet on No. 4 in cool conditions before the wind picked up considerably late in his morning round.

"You know, anytime you play good, it's great, right?" Hurley said. "There's special days of the year for our country, and having served ... adds something to it. It's kind of pretty cool, I guess, to shoot 7 under on the 4th of July."

It's a nice storyline. Then again, having military experience wasn't on his mind in jumping to the top of the leaderboard.

"I was just trying to keep getting the ball in the hole," he said.

Hurley was at 9-under 131 at Old White TPC. Eleven players were within four shots of him.

Kevin Chappell (65) and Chris Stroud (66) were a stroke back. Troy Matteson

Troy Matteson had a 61 to vault into fourth place at 7 under. He has made the cut in all five years of the Greenbrier Classic.

Brice Garnett (66), Steve Stricker (68) and Chris Kirk (69) were another stroke back at 6 under.

Hurley graduated from Annapolis in 2004 and spent five years in the Navy. He playing golf sparingly while stationed in Hawaii and worked out as much as he could.

Being mentally tough on the course comes easy for Hurley, whose missions included steering a Navy destroyer through the Suez Canal.

Playing partner Chris Stroud said it was "special" for a former military man to be leading the tournament and was amazed at how Hurley could recapture his golf game.

"There's a lot to be said about that," Stroud said.

Hurley rejoined the PGA Tour this season and has three top 10 finishes so far, including a tie for eighth at Congressional last week. His best career finish is a tie for fourth in the AT&T National two years ago, also at Congressional.

A solid ending at The Greenbrier resort would get him into the British Open later this month. The four best finishers not previously eligible among the top 12 on the final leaderboard will earn spots in the July 17-20 tournament at Royal Liverpool.

Playing alongside good friend Hurley, Stroud birdied four of his first five holes but gained no more ground.

Chappell's round included holing a 35-yard pitch on the par-3 15th after a poor tee shot.

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