Jordan Niebrugge and Steve Stricker will not leave Erin Hills with a sterling silver trophy, but both can consider the first U.S. Open in their home state a success.
Mequon native Jordan Berugge made the weekend cut in his first ever U.S. Open. He finished the tournament +1 after his best performance on Sunday, hitting three birdies on the back nine. The support he received from his friends and family along the way made the weekend all the more special.
"I love playing in front of everybody," Niebrugge said. "We just had a lot of fun out there."
Fellow Wisconsin native Steve Stricker finished the tournament at -5 with a standing ovation on the 18th green. For the Madison native, the U.S. Open was a family affair. Stricker's kids followed him along every hole and his wife, Nicki even served as caddie.
"It was cool to have Nicki on the bag this week and experience that," Stricker said. "She's hurting, I don't know if she'll be able to caddie next week, but she did well."