Billy Hurley III's attack ad on Jordan Spieth could win him PGA Tour Player Advisory Council chair
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Billy Hurley III’s attack ad on Jordan Spieth could win him PGA Tour Player Advisory Council chair


The race for the chairmanship of the PGA Tour's Player Advisory Council is entering the home stretch, and Billy Hurley III brought out the big guns in his quest to prevent Jordan Spieth from winning their closely-contested -- we presume? -- election.

Hurley took to Twitter on Feb. 12 to share a campaign-style attack ad (it's a joke), taking on Spieth for all of his transgressions.

In the ad, Hurley, who went to the United States Naval Academy and served in the Navy for five years, goes after Spieth for bossing his caddie Michael Greller around ("Go get that!"), taking the Claret Jug from our British allies (he won it) and making $4,567 per shot in winning the Travelers Championship last June while Hurley graciously missed the cut and played for free.

Hurley even took an out of context video clip and used it to damn Spieth, drawing on a Golf Digest interview in which Spieth, talking about critics and haters, said he didn't really listen to anyone. Then Hurley said that meant Spieth wouldn't listen to the players' concerns! Brilliant!

Hurley then had his caddie read some forced lines about working for him, and he surrounded himself with his family and friends sharing some good times the players would no doubt enjoy if Hurley becomes the PAC chairman.

It's clear Hurley believes labeling himself The Golden Man will help him overcome The Golden Child. Now, the question is if Spieth has an answer up his sleeve or if he'll just let his platform of paid missed cuts and no pro-ams (again, we presume) get trampled on by Hurley's brilliant messaging in this ad.

By the way, the Player Advisory Council is a group of 16 PGA Tour players who work with each other on behalf of their peers to interact with the PGA Tour's Board of Directors in making decisions affecting the tour's operations and other matter. The PAC chairman on the PGA Tour Policy Board gets a three-year term, replacing another "third," Davis Love III. However, there are four total PGA Tour players on the Policy Board, as are five independent directors, a representative from the PGA of America and four PGA Tour Champions players.

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