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July 6, 2014

Former Navy officer leads the pack

NORMAN — WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Billy Hurley III doesn’t plan to lose much rest sitting on a third-round lead for the first time on the PGA Tour.

The former U.S. Navy officer shot a 3-under 67 on Saturday to extend his advantage to two strokes over Angel Cabrera entering the final round of the Greenbrier Classic.

“I’ve been working for a long time to win on the PGA Tour,” Hurley said. “I figure if I shoot the lowest score tomorrow, I can’t lose.”

Hurley never relinquished the lead he has held since midway through the second round at Old White TPC.

He birdied the par-5 12th and par-4 13th before dropping a stroke on the par-3 15th.

He had a 12-under 198 total. No third-round leader has won the Greenbrier Classic, now in its fifth year.

Playoffs have decided the tournament twice.

Cabrera shot 64. He’s looking for his first non-major win on the PGA Tour.

Kevin Chappell was third at 9 under after a 69. Steve Stricker had a 68 to top the group at 8 under.

There will be more than a trophy to raise and a $1.2 million winner’s check available Sunday.

The four best finishers not previously eligible for the British Open among the top 12 on the final leaderboard will earn spots in the July 17-20 tournament at Royal Liverpool.

Hurley finished his five-year Navy service in 2009 and would still be a naval officer if golf wasn’t keeping him busy.

He returned to the PGA Tour this year after playing on the Web.com Tour in 2013.

He said nerves won’t play a part in how he gets ready for what could be a memorable Sunday.

“I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing,” he said. “I just want to put my mind in position so that I can play well.

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