GAINESVILLE, Va. – Billy Hurley III has spoken to the media on numerous occasions during his professional career, but Tuesday’s news conference at the Quicken Loans National was easily the most emotional.
After answering a few questions about his season, Hurley took to the microphone with another message for his father, Willard Hurley Jr., who has been missing since July 19.
According to Hurley, who declined to take any further questions about the incident, his father left his family’s house in nearby Leesburg, Va., with some clothes and money and hasn’t been heard from since.
“I’m just hoping that there’s a story that maybe he goes to PGATour.com to check my tee time or check my score and sees this and understands that Dad, we love you and we want you to come home,” Hurley said. “We have no idea where he is.”
A missing persons report was filed with the Leesburg Police Department this week. According to Golf Channel's Todd Lewis, a Leesburg PD investigator found that the senior Hurley left his home of his own accord, and no foul play is suspected. He purchased a hotel room for one night in Texarkana, Texas, on July 23. He has not been heard from since.
Hurley said his father is a retired Leesburg police officer who worked security during the three Presidents Cups played at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, site of this week’s Tour event.
“Some of my first memories of the Tour were hearing him tell silly stories about player conversations inside the ropes from walking with them during the Presidents Cup,” said Hurley, who became emotional during the news conference.
Hurley said his father is not “mentally unstable."
Willard Hurley Jr. was last seen driving his truck, a dark green 1998 Ford F150 with a Virginia license number YWH5898.