Pro golfer Billy Hurley III has an ulterior motive for playing in the Quicken Loans National golf tournament this weekend: He hopes that his father, who’s been missing for the past 11 days, will see him on TV and decide to come home.
Willard Hurley Jr., a retired policeman and former pro golfer himself, disappeared on July 19, CBS News reports. His son says he packed a bag, grabbed some cash and hopped in his truck that Sunday, and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
Now, the 33-year-old Hurley III is praying that his dad will see him playing this weekend and be convinced to return to his Leesburg, Virginia, home.
“I’m just hoping that there’s a story – that maybe he goes to pgatour.com to check my tee time or check my scores – and sees this and understands that, Dad, we love you and we want you to come home,” he said in a statement to the media earlier this week.
Hurley III insists that his dad is “not mentally unstable,” but he could not offer any reason as to why the 61-year-old abruptly left.
No one really knows why,” he said, fighting tears. “It’s complete speculation as to why he left. He’s been married to my mom for 30-plus years. They still live in the same house I grew up in in Leesburg.”
Police have traced Hurley Jr. to a hotel in Texarkana, Texas, where he purchased a room for one night on July 23. Otherwise there’s been no sign of him.
Hurley III concluded his statement by distributing pictures of his father to the media, then thanking reporters for their support.
The Quicken Loans National golf tournament kicks off on Thursday and runs through Sunday.
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