Illinois Golf: Nick Hardy continues strong push on Korn Ferry Tour

NEWBURGH, INDIANA - AUGUST 30: A detailed view of the tee marker on the 16th hole during the first round of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance at Victoria National Golf Course on August 30, 2019 in Newburgh, Indiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
NEWBURGH, INDIANA - AUGUST 30: A detailed view of the tee marker on the 16th hole during the first round of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance at Victoria National Golf Course on August 30, 2019 in Newburgh, Indiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /
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Former members of the Illinois golf team were out in full force this past week.

Here is how each player from the Illinois golf team fared in the professional ranks.

  • PGA Tour

Dylan Meyer

Meyer teed it up on the PGA Tour this past week at the Barracuda Championship in Truckee, California. This wasn’t your normal tournament, though. The scoring was the Stableford format in which you get points for making certain scores. Double eagle is 8 points, eagle is 5 points, birdie is 2 points, par is 0 points, bogey is -1 points and double bogey or worse is -3 points.

The first round was tough for Meyer. He finished round one with -3 points. The two double bogies really put him behind the eight ball. But he did rebound nicely with a round two of 3 points. Meyer did miss the cut by 5 points, though.

  • Korn Ferry Tour

Nick Hardy

The leader out of the Illini pack on the Korn Ferry Tour is Nick Hardy. He had a good week shooting a four-day total of -5 to finish in a tie for 23rd place. Hardy’s first-round 68 got him out the gates strong, and he ended with the same punch, putting up a 69 in the fourth round.

With one tournament to play, Hardy has all but cemented himself in the regular season top 25 on the Korn Ferry Tour. That means he will earn his PGA Tour card for next season and have a chance to compete with the big boys.

Brian Campbell

Former Illinois golfer Brian Campbell didn’t fare nearly as well as Hardy did this past week. He fired an opening-round 73 but then missed the cut with a rough six-over, 77, in the second round. Campbell would finish at +8 for the tournament.

Illini lineup with Ayo and Kofi returning. dark. Next

Campbell needed to get into the top 75 in the Korn Ferry Tour standings to make the tour finals, but that doesn’t look like it is going to happen. With only one tournament left, he remains 136 points back of 75th place.