Meyer, Hardy hold their own at John Deere Classic

SILVIS (WCIA) -- In his first PGA Tour event, Dylan Meyer outdid his Illinois teammate Nick Hardy, but not by much. Both sit in good spots heading into round two on Friday.

Their meeting on the 17th tee had all the makings of any other college meet.a  A quick fist bump and a few words of encouragement but this time it was on golf's biggest stage. Illinois teammates Nick Hardy and Dylan Meyer played in back-to-back groups at the John Deere Classic Thursday, their first time playing on the PGA Tour, both on sponsor exemptions.  They even coordinated outfits, just like they've done all week here in Silvis, to keep it exactly like playing for the Illini.

"We're kind of wearing the same things this week, kind of wanted to keep it the same way, kind of get into our comfort zone which is going to be good for us if we keep playing better," Meyer said.

"Honestly I thought I'd be more nervous than I was but I think it just shows that I was prepared and ready to play," Hardy explained.

Hardy has played in two US Open's but this was his first appearance at a regular season PGA event.  Meyer has never teed it up at a professional event. The Illini seniors got a quick start, Nick birdied his first two holes of the day, Dylan was one-under through nine.  The back proved to be a bit tougher for the Illini seniors though.

"I've got to take away the positives and I played well for the most part today," Hardy continued. "Even though I did all that stuff I still managed my way to even par so I think I can get a low one in me tomorrow."

"I feel really comfortable about my putting and kind of where everything is going and if I just keep hitting the shots I feel like I can shoot a low number tomorrow," Meyer said.

Meyer and Hardy will have some work to do Friday if they want to make the cut, both guys will have to go low if they want to hang around for the weekend.


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