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 7-under-par 63 on Friday to take the second-round lead at 9-under 131 at Old White TPC.
Kevin Chappell (65), who owns a home in Kirkland, was tied for second with Chris Stroud (66) at 8 under.
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.
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“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.”
Hurley graduated from Annapolis in 2004 and spent five years in the Navy. He played golf sparingly while stationed in Hawaii and worked out as much as he could.
Being mentally tough on the course isn’t a problem for Hurley, whose missions included steering a Navy destroyer through the Suez Canal.
Chappell’s round included holing a 35-yard pitch on the par-3 15th after a poor tee shot.
Chappell’s lone top-10 finish of the season came at Colonial in Texas. This week, he feels at ease amid the mountains and the rest of the resort’s atmosphere.
“You know, the course has a great flow to it, just at peace out there,” he said.
Richard H. Lee (68), a former Washington Husky; Kyle Stanley (68) of Gig Harbor; and Michael Putnam (72), who is from University Place, were among the players tied for 49th at 1 under.
Players with scores worse than 140 missed the cut, a group that included ex-UW Huskies Alex Prugh (71-73—144) and Troy Kelly (69-75—144).
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Stadler was at 10-under 132 and Victor Riu (67) of France was in second place.