Hurley 111 holds Greenbrier lead
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2014 Greenbrier Classic | Round Two | 05 Jul 2014
Billy Hurley 111 leads the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs in West Virginia, the former US Navy Lieutenant following up a good week at last week’s Quicken Loans tournament where he finished 8th.
The 32 year old Hurley, a former Walker Cup player, eventually got to the PGA Tour in 2012 but lost status in and had yet another season on the Web.Com Tour last year where his regained status to pay the elite level.
Several years in the US Navy saw Hurley do time in the Persian Gulf but he now appears set for a great career on the PGA Tour.
Hurley’s second round of 63 has him one shot ahead of Chris Stroud and Kevin Chappel with Troy Matteson one shot further back. Matteson produced a round of 61 on the low scoring layout.
Of the more favoured candidates, Steve Stricker is three shots from the lead while Bubba Watson is one shot further back.
The leading Australasians are Danny Lee and Bronson la Cassie in 13th position with Robert Allenby and Scott Gardiner 25th, Oliver Goss, Greg Chalmers and Steve Bowditch 35th and Tim Wilkinson 49th.
Lee and La Cassie have struggled in recent weeks so their effort to date this week is a nice turnaround of form.
In what may well turn out to be an issue for organizers, a massive 89 players made the cut and so it is likely several of those who made the cut will not get to play on Sunday.