Hurley gets first PGA win; former Pirate Varner finishes 7th at Congressional

Billy Hurley III watches his tee shot on the 11th hole during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, March 19, 2015.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

BETHESDA, MD (WNCT) – Naval Academy graduate Billy Hurley III won his home Quicken Loans National on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, shooting a 2-under 69 at Congressional for a three-stroke victory.

The 607th-ranked player broke through on the Blue Course to finish 17 under in Tiger Woods’ annual tournament. Hurley held off multiple major champions Vijay Singh and Ernie Els and 21-year-old Jon Rahm.

Hurley grew up in Leesburg, Virginia, and lives in nearby Annapolis. He earned $1,242,000 and qualified for the British Open. He had never finished higher than a tied for fourth in a PGA Tour event.

The 53-year-old Singh was second after a 65.

Former East Carolina standout Harold Varner III finished 7th in the tournament. He shot a final round 70 and finished 9-under par.

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