Hurley wins Quicken Loans for maiden Tour title


It was a day to remember for American Billy Hurley III, who claimed his first PGA Tour victory after taking out the Quicken Loans National by three strokes.

Already holding a two-shot lead at the start of play, Hurley carded a final-round 69 to finish at 17 under as he overcame fast-finishing three-time major champion Vijay Singh on Sunday.

Hurley, who had never finished better than fourth at a Tour tournament, made sure of victory in his 104th start at his hometown Congressional Country Club thanks to birdies at holes 15 and 16.

The 34-year-old secured a berth at The Open in the process to go with his $1.2million cheque and the relief was evident: "I'm just thrilled to have gotten it done today".

Singh fell just short in Maryland, though the Fijian veteran will be heartened by his display.

After teeing off in sixth position, the former world number one recorded an almost faultless six-under-par 65 following two birdies from his last three holes.

Singh's round was set up by a flawless front nine, which yielded four birdies.

There was no fairytale for Jon Rahm in his professional debut but the Spaniard walked away in a tie for third position.

A second consecutive 70 saw Rahm finish 13 under alongside Bill Haas, who closed out the event with a 68.

Ernie Els and his wait for a drought-ending Tour victory continues after the four-time major champion was a stroke further back.

A day on from his 65, Els was unable to repeat the feat, with five bogeys and a double bogey derailing the South African as he carded a one-over-par 72.

Webb Simpson (71) was sixth at 10 under, a shot ahead of Harold Varner III (70).

As for Jim Furyk (68), he was unable to build on his runner-up placing at last week's U.S. Open, finishing 13 strokes behind Hurley.