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Hurley returns to Tour after father's funeral

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Billy Hurley returned to the PGA Tour on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after attending his father's funeral.

Willard Hurley Jr., 61, committed suicide last Wednesday 12 miles from the Hurley family home in Leesburg, Va.

"My dad was a great dad, and I know I'll get to see him again in heaven," Hurley said Wednesday in an interview with Golf Channel's Todd Lewis at the Wyndham Championship.

Three weeks ago, Hurley held a news conference at the Quicken Loans National and announced his father had gone missing. He was found on July 31 in a Texas library following his son's round on a computer.

Less than two weeks later he was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"The hardest part is just being so tired," Hurley said, fighting back tears. "It's been a long week. I'm not really worried about the mental side of things in the sense of like how to collect myself and play, because my training and my background [in the military] gave me the ability to kind of do that and get through things mentally, no matter what's kind of thrown at me. Obviously this is maybe the biggest thing that's ever been thrown at me, but I'm more concerned about how my body's going to hold up."