26 Jun '16, 10pm

Hurley III went from patrolling waters in the world's most volatile regions to the Tour.

This story first appeared in the February 2012 edition of GOLF Magazine. On Sunday, Hurley won for the first time on the PGA Tour, at the Quicken Loans Invitational. Every now and then, from his perch on a destroyer in the Persian Gulf, Billy Hurley III would allow his mind to wander. He'd picture himself stateside, plying the plush fairways of his favorite courses, competing in a game he'd left behind. It was the summer of 2007. Back on U.S. soil, J.B. Holmes and Anthony Kim, Hurley's former comrades in the Walker Cup, were raking in Tour riches. But half a world away, war raged in Iraq, and Hurley had more pressing obligations, protecting key oil platforms off that country's coast. "I'd think about golf from time to time," Hurley says. "But I also knew my priorities. And at that point in my life, the game was going to have to wait." Golfers often talk of honor and commit...

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