Father of Golfer Billy Hurley Is Dead of Self-Inflicted Gunshot

  • Family had reported him missing from Virginia home last month
  • Willard Hurley, 61, was a former police officer in Virginia

The father of U.S. PGA Tour player Billy Hurley III was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound yesterday in Loudoun County, Virginia. He was 61.

Willard Hurley’s death was disclosed in a statement from the golfer’s management agency. Billy Hurley was notified of his father’s passing late yesterday afternoon and has joined his family. No additional information was disclosed in the statement.

Hurley’s father went missing last month. He was located in Texas on July 31, three days after the golfer asked for the public’s help in finding him during a press conference at the PGA Tour’s Quicken Loans National. 

“I want to thank the PGA Tour and all those who provided their support, prayers and encouragement,” Hurley, 33, said in the statement. “As soon as I am able, I will return to golf and will provide further comment.”

When located last month, former police officer Willard Hurley told a detective from Leesburg, where he lived in the family’s home, that he was “fine physically and is simply traveling.” He didn’t wish to reveal the reasons behind his departure, Leesburg police said at the time.

Billy Hurley turned pro in 2006 after graduating from the U.S. Naval
Academy in 2004. He served as a lieutenant aboard a U.S. Navy
destroyer from 2007-09, serving in the Persian Gulf to protect
Iraqi oil platforms. In his golf career, he has seven top 10 finishes
and has won $2.3 million on the U.S. PGA Tour.

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