Hurley's father dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound

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Left to right, Billy Hurley III's mother, Cheryl Brubaker Hurley; sister, Megan Grace Hurley; and father, Willard Jeremiah Hurley Jr. (courtesy Billy Hurley III)

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – Billy Hurley’s father died Wednesday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Loudoun County, Va., according to statement released Thursday by Hurley’s management company.

Willard “Bill” Hurley, Jr. was 61.

Billy Hurley held a news conference at the Quicken Loans National PGA Tour event two weeks ago to report that his father had been missing for more than a week. He asked the public for help in finding his father. Three days later, his father, from Leesburg, Va., was reported found in Texas after a citizen recognized him in a public library and notified police. He was reportedly watching his son play the Quicken Loans on a computer. Police reported Willard Hurley Jr. said he was “simply traveling” and that he didn’t wish to reveal his reasons for leaving.

Billy Hurley’s father was a former Leesburg police officer. Billy is not playing in this week’s PGA Championship. He was notified of his father’s passing late Wednesday afternoon and joined his family in Leesburg.

“I want to thank the PGA Tour, the greater golf media, and all those who provided their support, prayers, and encouragement,” Billy Hurley said in a statement released by Blue Giraffe, his management company. “The PGA Tour community has always taken great care of us, and my family and I are very grateful for that. As soon as I am able, I will return to golf and will provide further comment."