Hurley drops into four-way playoff today
Billy Hurley III (Navy) and Joe Affrunti each double-bogeyed the 17th hole to fall into a tie with Ben Martin and Ashley Hall at the United Leasing Championship on Sunday and force a four-way playoff today at 8:45 a.m. Play was suspended during the final round of the Web.com Tour event for more than two hours because of rain earlier Sunday. All four players finished 72 holes at Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Ind., at 11-under-par 277. Hall paced the leaders with a 6-under 66 during his final round, while Martin posted a 67, Affrunti carded a 70 and Hurley, a former lieutenant and 2004 Annapolis grad, shot even-par 72. Adam Hadwin (71) finished in fifth at 9-under and Alex Cejka (71) captured sixth at 8-under. It was a two-man race for most of the final round, with Hurley, who held a 2-stroke lead at the end of the second and third rounds, trying to maintain his advantage over Affrunti. After Hurley quickly got into red numbers for the day with a birdie at the second to move to 12-under for the tournament, Affrunti countered a bogey at the second with three straight gains from the third to pull within a stroke of the lead before play was halted to rain. When the players returned to the course after a lengthy delay, Hurley regained some cushion with a birdie at the 10th. Affrunti, meanwhile, traded a bogey at the sixth with a birdie at the seventh before rolling in another birdie at the 12th, moving him to 12-under. Affrunti made it two in a row with another gain at the 13th to meet Hurley atop the leader board. Affrunti briefly lost his share of the lead by dropping a shot at the 14th, but bounced right back with a birdie at the 15th. After each player parred the 16th, the duo posted matching double bogeys at the par-4 17th to fall into a tie with Hall and Martin, who were already in the clubhouse at 11-under. Hurley and Affrunti parred the 18th to force the playoff. Hall had countered his lone bogey with seven birdies during his final round, while Martin bounced back from a bogey at the first with six birdies over his final 17 holes to move to 11-under. All four of the co-leaders are seeking their first career win on the Web.com Tour; Hurley has three top-15 finishes this season.