Billy Hurley III, the 34-year old Naval Academy graduate and U.S. Navy veteran, until this week was ranked 607th in the world having played in 103 PGA Tour and 56 Web.com Tour events without a victory. But you never would have known it after a decisive three stroke win over the field and the second place (and seemingly ageless) Vijay Singh in the Quicken Loans National in Bethesda, Maryland with Tiger Woods as tournament host.
In addition to the winner’s $1.24 million check presented to him by Woods, Hurley gains 129 spots in the FedEx Cup race, a two year exemption on Tour, a spot in the British Open in two weeks and an invitation to next year’s Masters.
In Hurley’s bag:
Driver: TaylorMade M1 430 9.5 degrees with Mitsubishi Tensei shaft
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M2 15 degrees, Speeder Evolution shaft
Hybrids: TaylorMade SLDR 19 degrees with Fuji Speeder Hybrid shaft, TaylorMade SLDR 21 degrees with Graphite Design DI Hybrid shaft, Adams Golf Pro Mini 23 degrees with Graphite Design DI Hybrid shaft
IRONS: 5-iron through 9-iron Bridgestone J40 (2011 model) True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist SM6 48 degrees with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shaft, Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 54 degrees, 588 Custom 60 degrees
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Limited
Ball: Bridgestone Tour B330S
Also creating a lot of buzz at the Quicken Loans National was the appearance of the former number ranked amateur in the world who has become an endorser of TaylorMade Golf. Jon Rahm a long-hitting 21-year-old Spaniard was the first two-time winner of the Ben Hogan Award for being the top college golfer while at Arizona State and was the only amateur to make the cut in the U.S. Open. Rahm in his first tournament as a professional was impressive finishing T3 with rounds of 64-67-70-70-271 over the Congressional Country Club course.
Driver: TaylorMade M2 10.5° driver with Aldila Tour Green 75TX shaft
Irons: TaylorMade Tour Preferred 3-iron through pitching wedge with True Temper Project X 6.5X
Wedges: TaylorMade Tour Preferred EF Tour Grind 52, 56, 60 degrees with True Temper Project X 6.5X
Ball: Titleist ProV1
Titleist also brought to Congressional their new driver the 917 series (D2 and D3) to be introduced to golfers later this year, probably in the fall. The new model makes use of the two SureFit weight cartridges, first seen the $1,125 C16 “concept driver” back in April, an Active Recoil Channel in the sole and an adjustable hosel.
According to reports, of the 28 Titleist drivers at the Quicken Loans National, there were a total of 18 917s—nine each of the D2 and smaller headed D3. There will be four lofts available of 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 12 degrees.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?