Hurley earns first career win at Quicken Loans

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Beginning the final round in an unfamiliar position, Billy Hurley III held on to win an event that carries with it some special meaning. Here's how things ended up at the Quicken Loans National, where Hurley earned his first career PGA Tour victory:

Leaderboard: Billy Hurley III (-17), Vijay Singh (-14), Jon Rahm (-13), Bill Haas (-13), Ernie Els (-12)

What it means: Hurley went to school at the nearby Naval Academy, and grew up not far from Congressional Country Club. While he was the second lowest-ranked player in this week's 120-man field, Hurley began the day with a two-shot lead and held on for a relatively stress-free victory. It's a win that brings with it a two-year exemption, an important incentive for the 34-year-old who began the season with only conditional status.

Round of the day: At 53 years young, Singh continued to turn back the clock with a final-round 65. The Fijian opened with four birdies in his first nine holes, making seven on the day against just one bogey to nearly erase a seven-shot deficit. It marked Singh's best result of the season and his best finish since a runner-up at the 2013 Frys.com Open.

Best of the rest: Francesco Molinari made a big move, cracking the top 10 with a 65 that matched Singh for the low round of the day. Molinari got off to a quick start, with birdies on five of his first eight holes including four in a row on Nos. 5-8. He carded eight birdies on the day to move from the middle of the pack into a tie for eighth, his second top-10 finish in his last four starts.

Biggest disappointment: Els knows what it takes to win at Congressional, but he was unable to give Hurley much of a challenge down the stretch amid a final-round 72. Els birdied five of his first nine holes, but he also made a trio of bogeys before a costly double bogey on No. 10 that sparked a rocky inward half. The South African drifted to fifth place, and still seeks his first win since the 2012 Open Championship

Shot of the day: Hurley was nursing a one-shot lead when he faced a chip from in front of the green on No. 15 that could have cost him the top spot on the leaderboard. Instead, Hurley chipped in for an unexpected birdie, building his lead to two shots, and he essentially clinched the tournament with a birdie on the very next hole.

Quote of the day: "It's been a hard year, it's been a really hard year. It's nice to have something go well." - Hurley