Billy Hurley III fighting for his livelihood days after burying dad
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Tiger Woods was free and easy Thursday at the Wyndham Championship, shooting his best round in two years.
Meanwhile, for the others closer to the postseason bubble, things are a little more stressful — especially for Billy Hurley III.
Hurley's first round came two days after he attended the funeral of his father, who died last week of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The 33-year-old Hurley is at No. 131 on the points list and is here this week only because he's trying to secure his PGA Tour card for next year.
"It wasn't really a hard decision" to play, Hurley said, "but it's certainly hard to do."
He said he nearly felt overwhelmed on the putting green, "almost didn't know what I was doing in some ways" during his first handful of holes, then "scrambled my way around" the back nine.
By the end of his 69, Hurley said he "felt like almost a golfer again."