2 key tips from 2 different sources have Nick Hardy contending at Sanderson Farms

Nick Hardy tees off during the second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship on Friday.

Nick Hardy tees off during the second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship on Friday.

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Nick Hardy is just three off the lead heading into the weekend at the Sanderson Farms Championship, and he has two people who helped him get there.

“Well, I mean, on Wednesday I got two good tips, one from my caddie and one from my fiancee, Liz, like with a couple parts of my game, like driver and iron swing,” Hardy said on Friday. “Ever since then I’ve just been clicking on all cylinders. Just hitting it great.”

Hardy’s turned in rounds of 70 and 67 to sit at seven under through 36 holes, three off the lead held by Thomas Detry and Mackenzie Hughes.

He ranks first this week in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee (2.593) and fourth in SG: Approach the Green (4.424). Hardy got the driver tip from his caddie, and his fiancee, Liz Elmassian, who is also a pro golfer, gave him the iron tip.

“She kind of knows my tendencies,” Hardy said. “There were just a couple things that I tend to do, and sometimes I need reminders. Mainly about width in the golf swing and not using my hands to pull down and just keep the width through the body. That’s really the gist of it.

“She’s got a great eye, and very helpful having her. I love having her here. She’s like a second coach on the road. It’s great.”

Hardy tees off for this third round at 2:40 p.m. ET on Saturday. It will be broadcast from 4-7 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.


Josh Berhow

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