Updated: Leesburg native Billy Hurley leads at Quicken Loans National
Loudoun County High School alum Billy Hurley III is in position to win his first PGA Tour event. Hurley is 15-under par through three rounds to hold a two-shot lead over Ernie Els entering Sunday's final round of the 2016 Quicken Loans National.
Tied with Jon Rahm for the lead after two rounds, Hurley shot a 4-under par 67 on Saturday at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. to sit alone atop the leaderboard.
"Played very nicely today. Bogey free's always good," Hurley said. "Certainly wish I would have made a couple of more putts there for some birdies, but I thought I hit a really good putt on 17 and just went over the edge. But overall, anytime you're under par without any bogeys it's a good day."
Seeking his initial PGA tour victory, the Leesburg native has posted seven top 10 finishes in his PGA career, highlighted by four top 10 performances in 2014 - including a T8 at the Quicken Loans National.
Hurley, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate who now resides in Annapolis, says he's enjoying the local support this week.
"It's fun to play in a hometown crowd. It's fun to play a golf course that I, for whatever reason, I just see well and enjoy playing."
Hurley and Els - who has won 19 PGA Tour events in his illustrious career - are scheduled to tee off at 2:25 p.m. in Sunday's final pairing.
"Just going to try to keep doing what I was doing," Hurley said of his mindset entering the fourth round. "Just going to keep focused on my game and keep focused on hitting the shots that I've been hitting and hopefully continue to make a couple putts."