Triumph and tragedy: Billy Hurley III looks to repeat at Quicken Loans National

BETHESDA, MD (WUSA9) - It's the site of his first PGA Tour win in 2016, but it's also where he learned his father was in crisis.

Billy Hurley III looked to keep his emotions in check and his game on track at the 2017 Quicken Loans National as he tries to repeat his win.

Two years ago at the 2015 tournament, Hurley's pleaded to the media to help him find his father, who had disappeared.

Willard Hurley was found in alive Texas, but weeks later he returned home and committed suicide on the banks of the Potomac River.

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Then a year later at the 2016 tournament, Hurley got his first ever PGA tour victory, but the man who taught him the game wasn't there to see it.

Hurley, a Leesburg, Va., native and a Naval Academy graduate, said his time in the military taught him how to compartmentalize his emotions. That explains why when he hoisted the championship trophy last year, he didn't collapse with the emotion of his first of a win and the loss of his father.

It is likely that the support for Hurley to be loud and proud at TPC Potomac this year as balances both triumph and tragedy.

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