8 Things You Didn't Know About Nick Hardy

We take a look at eight different facts on the American Nick Hardy.

8 Things You Didn't Know About Nick Hardy
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8 Things You Didn't Know About Nick Hardy

1. Hardy was born in Northbrook, Illinois, on January 26, 1996.

2. His earliest golf memory was attending the Tucson Open and getting a golf ball from Billy Andrade after the round.

3. Hardy attended the University of Illinois where he studied Sport Management. He graduated in 2018. Whilst there he was a two-time Big Ten Champion, 2018 Big Ten Player of the Year and a 2018 First Team NCAA All-American.

4. Hardy turned professional in 2018, which given his career at college, should come as no surprise. 

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5. Before 2022's event, Hardy played in three US Open (opens in new tab)'s before that. He competed in 2015, 2016 and 2019, but he only made the cut once, back in 2015. That event was held at Chambers Bay and won by Jordan Spieth. 

“I’ve played in plenty of USGA events in my career now,” Hardy explained on the Tuesday before 2022's tournament started. “I know how they’re set up. I know how to prepare for one. It’s easy to come in here and just enjoy being here, but I really feel like I’m ready to compete and contend.”

6. Hardy has three sisters: Megan, Kristen and Shannon

7. At high school Hardy was ranked the No. 2 player in the state of Illinois by the AJGA, and No. 14 nationally in the class of 2014.

8. Hardy is a 2020-2021 Korn Ferry alum and he secured his PGA Tour card thru 2021-22. He achieved this with 10 top-10 finishes from 41 starts and he made $349,054.

A golfer for most of his life, Sam started playing the game to prove he was the best player out of his father and two brothers.
He quickly became a golf equipment expert and has always been the one family and friends come to for buying advice, and spends a lot of his time putting golf gear, apparel and shoes to the test.  
He is a graduate of Swansea University where he studied History and American Studies, and he has been a part of the Golf Monthly team since February 2018. He also previously worked for World Soccer and Rugby World magazines.

A jack of all trades across print and digital formats, Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website. He also oversees all Tour player content as well. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 


Sam is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TS3
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees)
Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚
Putter: Scotty Cameron Circa 62 #6