UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – There are several big names who owe Nick Hardy a thank you.
Hardy, a 19-year-old amateur who just completed his freshman year at Illinois, played in the day’s final grouping at the U.S. Open and bogeyed the par-3 ninth, his final hole of the day.
As a result, the cut line moved from 4 over to 5 over, allowing an additional 15 players to tee it up this weekend at Chambers Bay.
Among the beneficiaries of Hardy’s late miscue: Webb Simpson, Jimmy Walker, Ian Poulter, Angel Cabrera, Sergio Garcia and Colin Montgomerie, all of whom made the cut on the number.
The U.S. Open cuts to the top 60 and ties, rather than the top 70 and ties at typical PGA Tour events. With Hardy’s bogey, 75 players made the weekend, all within 10 shots of co-leaders Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed.
There were plenty of notable names missing the cut, though, including reigning Players champ Rickie Fowler, who bowed out after rounds of 81 and 73. Tiger Woods finished T-150 out of the 156-man field after shooting 80-76, while Bubba Watson struggled to a second-round 77 to miss the cut by two shots.
Local products Michael Putnam (70-77) and Ryan Moore (75-74) also missed the cut, as did former U.S. Open champions Retief Goosen (77-71), Graeme McDowell (74-74) and defending champ Martin Kaymer (72-74).