PGA Tour player's missing father found 'safe and sound'

Billy Hurley III
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Willard Hurley Jr., father of PGA Tour player Billy Hurley III and missing for 12 days, was found safe and sound in Texas, "fine physically and is simply traveling."
By T.J. Auclair
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Published: Friday, July 31, 2015 | 3:10 p.m.

Willard Hurley Jr., father of PGA Tour player Billy Hurley III, has been located and is safe.

It was a sigh of relief for the family and anyone else who say the younger Hurley's emotionally-charged press conference on Tuesday before the start of the Quicken Loans National in Gainesville, Va., not far his hometown of Leesburg.

Hurley pleaded for the help of the media and the public in locating his father, who had been missing from the family home for nine days.

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A report by USA Today's "For the Win" blog, says Leesburg, Va., police have located the elder Hurley in Texas:

"Willard (Bill) Hurley was located safe and sound this afternoon in Texas after a citizen recognized him from earlier media releases. The citizen contacted the local police department who responded to confirm his identity," Leesburg (Va.) police spokesman Jeff Dube wrote in a statement.

Dube said on Friday that Willard Hurley told a detective he is "fine physically and is simply traveling."

"Mr. Hurley did not wish to reveal the reasons behind his departure," Dube added.

In his tearful plea just a few days ago, Billy Hurley III said: "I'm coming to you guys for help. Last Sunday, nine days ago, he took some clothes, took some cash, and no ones heard from him since … No one know why he left, he’s been married to my mom for 30 years and now he’s gone. I just want to let him know that: Dad, we love you and we want you to come home. We have no idea where he is … I just found out so hopefully he checks for my score or my tee time and realizes it’s time to come home."

Thankfully, Hurley Jr. was found safe and sound, but still with a lot of unanswered questions.

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.