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First-time PGA winner decides to skip British Open

AKRON, Ohio – Billy Hurley III will not be playing in the British Open.

He has a wedding to go to.

Hurley’s emotional victory Sunday in the Quicken Loans National came with perks, including playing spots in this week’s World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, next month’s British Open and next year’s Masters. He said Tuesday he will not be going to Scotland to play in the game’s oldest championship. Instead, he’ll be going to a house near his childhood home in Leesburg, Va., to attend the wedding of his sister, Megan.

Hurley, who received nearly 400 congratulatory text messages and emails after winning his first PGA Tour title, called his sister to tell her the news while he was playing the South Course at Firestone Country Club for the first time.

“I wouldn’t miss my sister’s wedding for the world, and I think that at this point in time for me and my family and the trajectory of our family, it’s very important for me to be there to support her and her…

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