A week ago, we thought Billy Hurley III’s worries about his lost and found father were resolved. Alas, the Hurley’s hopes of moving on from the strange episode were shattered on Wednesday when Willard Hurley Jr., 61, was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The former police officer, whose son claims has had no history of mental illness, had quietly packed his bags and left the family home in Leesburg, Virginia in July 19th. His disappearance prompted Billy Hurley to make an emotional, tearful appeal to the public to help find his father. It seemed that his luck had turned around on the 31st, when someone recognized Willard in a library in Texas. Police promptly arrived at the scene to find him watching his son playing at the Quicken Loans National Tournament. He offered no explanation for his disappearance, telling police that he was “simply traveling”
“I want to thank the PGA Tour, the greater golf media and all those who provided their support, prayer, and encouragement,” Hurley III said in a press statement yesterday, “The PGA Tour Community has always taken great care of us, and my family and I are very grateful for that. As soon as I am able, I will return to golf and will provide further comment.”
We believe Billy Hurley should take all the time he needs to recover from his loss. We wish the Hurleys well.