Amateur Nick Hardy, a sophomore on the University of Illinois men's golf team, qualified for his second U.S. Open at Oakmont this past week.
Hardy missed the cut by four strokes with rounds of 77-73 (10 over total), but provided a memory his father is sure to never forget. U.S. Open Sunday falls on Father's Day after all, and since he wouldn't be playing he had to do something.
The 20-year-old Hardy, knowing his chances of making the cut were slim to none late in his second round on Saturday, decided to have his caddie take the final two holes off so his father, John, could carry the bag, inside the ropes and alongside his son to cap off the week.
Papa Hardy was incredibly appreciative of his son's gesture:
Nick Hardy finished T52 in his first U.S. Open start a year ago at Chambers Bay, thanks to a 68 in the final round.