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Nick Hardy, Charlie Danielson represent Illinois Golf at 2016 U.S. Open

Good morning. Welcome to the Orange Minute for Monday, June 20.

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The 2016 U.S. Open concluded on Sunday afternoon with Dustin Johnson (-4) edging out John Groce Jim Furyk (-1) on the back nine of Oakmont Country Club. I watched a grand total of zero holes this weekend, but Johnson was one of only four golfers to finish the tournament with an under-par score so it seems he was a fairly deserving winner.

Fighting Illini golfers Nick Hardy and Charlie Danielson were invited to participate in the event as amateurs and, though some poor weather plagued their rounds, they still put up some nice numbers.

Hardy went +10 during the first two days while recording scores of 77 and 73. He had an average driving distance of 284.74 yards while landing in the fairway at a 46.30% clip. Hardy was slightly more accurate when targeting the green (52.78% GIR), and he recorded a total of 5 birdies on 1.72 putts per hole.

Danielson got off to a great start by birding his first hole, but it unfortunately all went downhill from there. He shot a +19 for the weekend after shooting 78 and 81 during the first two days. Danielson hit exactly 50% of the greens in regulation, but his 1.94 putting average prevented him from taking advantage of those opportunities. But on the bright side, he had a fairly respectable 289-yard driving average!

So congratulations to Nick and Charlie for representing the Illini at this prestigious event. For those wondering, this year's low-amateur was Jon Rahm (Spain); he made the cut and finished T-23 at +7.

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