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The final leaderboard for the 2016 Quicken Loans National at the Blue Course of Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland is in. 34-year-old Billy Hurley III soared to a three shot victory over runner-up Vijay Singh to win his first Tour event. Below is the truncated top-10 leaderboard:
(1) Billy Hurley III (-17)
(2) Vijay Singh (-14)
(T3) Jon Rahm (-13)
(T3) Bill Haas (-13)
(5) Ernie Els (-12)
(6) Webb Simpson (-10)
(7) Harold Varner III (-9)
(T8) Francesco Molinari (-8)
(T8) Robert Garrigus (-8)
(T10) Smylie Kaufman (-7)
(T10) Rob Oppenheim (-7)
Here are some statistics on the champion and other notables near the top of the leaderboard:
Winner: Billy Hurley III (-17) – This is Hurley III’s very first win on the PGA Tour; it guarantees him a Tour card for at least the next two years, and it also guarantees him a spot at the Open Championship next month at Royal Troon. He played the tournament this week on a sponsor’s exemption.
Hurley has played three full seasons on the PGA Tour prior to this season. Last week he missed the cut at the U.S. Open, and the week before that he finished T52 at the St. Jude Classic, so there wasn’t any current form to speak of heading into this week. Previous finishes at the QL for Hurley III include a T46 in 2015, T8 in 2014 and T4 in 2012 — his historically good play at Congressional certainly contributed to this performance. Aside from this week he has played very poorly in the 15-16 season with six missed cuts and a best T41. In my mind it’s pretty unlikely that he’ll be able to take this form into contention in the coming weeks, but you never know.
Final round: 4 birdies and 2 bogeys for a 2-under 69. Hurley III pitched in from off the front of the green on the par-4 15th, and followed that up with a sunk birdie putt from 27 feet on the par-5 16th. At that point he was leading by three shots, and he was able to par in for a safe margin of victory. Scores in regulation: 66, 65, 67, 69 (267).
Vijay Singh (-14) – How amazing is it to see Singh at 53 years old do so well with the boys on the PGA Tour? You just very rarely see it with people his age. He’s certainly one of a kind. To shoot a 65 in the final round with a birdie on the last hole is awfully impressive for him. He may just be on the verge of becoming the oldest ever winner on Tour if he maintains this form (the current record holder is Sam Snead at age 52).
This would have been Singh’s 35th Tour win and first since the 2008 Deutsche Bank Championship. He finished T34 in his last start at the DEAN & DELUCA. His next best finish of the 15-16 season behind the QL is a T6 at the Honda Classic back in February. Recent finishes at the National for Singh include a T52 in 2015, MC in 2014, T34 in 2013 and T49 in 2012 — not much course form to speak about.
Final round: 7 birdies and 1 bogey for a 6-under 65. His lone bogey came at the par-4 17th when he missed the green to the left an failed to get up and down. He immediately followed it with a birdie from 6 feet on the 18th to creep into second alone. Scores in regulation: 68, 66, 71, 65 (270).