Quicken Loans National Billy Hurley III battles with father's disappearance

World number 237 Billy Hurley III is struggling with the news of the disappearance of his father, ahead of the Quicken Loans National.

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Billy Hurley III's preparation for the Quicken Loans National, starting Thursday, has been disrupted by the disappearance of his father.

Hurley, who competed at both the U.S. Open and The Open in 2014, has endured a tough 2015 on the course, but perhaps his greatest challenge now is trying to deal with the disappearance of Willard Hurley Jr.

The 33-year-old told a media conference in Gainesville, Virginia that his father's behaviour to leave and not return is out of character.

"No one really knows why," Hurley said on Tuesday, one day after learning the news.

"It's complete speculation as to why he left.

"I'm just hoping that there's a story that maybe he goes to pgatour.com to check my tee time or check my score and sees this and understands that: Dad, we love you and we want you to come home.

"We have no idea where he is."

Hurley's parents live in Leesburg, about 40 kilometres north of Gainesville, where this week's PGA Tour event will be held.

Hurley has missed 11 cuts in 21 events this year, with just two top-20 finishes to his name.

The American is paired with Aaron Baddeley and Andres Gonzales at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, with the group set to tee off at 07:37 local time (11:37 GMT).

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