Los Angeles: PGA Tour player Billy Hurley III made an emotional appeal on Tuesday for help in tracking down his father who went missing on July 19.
Speaking ahead of this week`s Quicken Loans National in his home state of Virginia, Hurley fought back tears as he told reporters that his father, Willard Hurley Jr., drove off in a truck with some clothes and cash and has not been seen since.
"No one really knows why," said Hurley, whose father is a retired police officer.
"He`s been married to my mom for 30-plus years. They still live in the house that I grew up in in Leesburg.
"Maybe a bartender who served him dinner sees this story on `Golf Central` or whatever, and we can get a hit on his location or something or maybe he sees it (this story) checking my score, checking my tee time."
Hurley, a 33-year-old Naval Academy graduate who served as a U.S. Navy officer for five years, said it had been "a hard decision" for his family to go public with details about his father`s disappearance.
"I just found out about it yesterday afternoon," said Hurley, whose best finishes on the PGA Tour have been ties for fourth at the 2012 AT&T National and at the 2014 The Greenbrier Classic.
"He`s not mentally unstable. We have no idea why he left and it`s complete speculation for anybody to try and put their finger on that. But you know, I`m just hopeful."
Hurley said that his mother, Cheryl, had filed a missing-persons report on Monday with local police who had launched an investigation.