Statistics are a funny thing in sports, particularly in golf. Billy Hurley III is trying to ignore them.
In the brief five-year history of the Greenbrier Classic, no player has ever won the tournament after leading following 54 holes. And Hurley has never led a tournament after 54 holes, and obviously never won a PGA title.
That and more is on the line for him Sunday in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. If he’s among the top four finishers not already qualified for the British Open, he’ll do that.
Hurley, a former officer in the US Navy, is hoping for that and more on Sunday.
He’s at 12-under through three rounds after hitting a 3-under 67 on Saturday. He’s enjoying a two-stroke lead over Angel Cabrera, who is in search of his first non-Major win on the PGA tour.
It’s anything but a safe lead for Hurley, considering Kevin Chappell is three back at 9-under after a third-round 69 and Steve Stricker sits four at 8-under after firing a 68.