CHICAGO – Xander Schauffele used everything he had left in the tank to try and will out a victory at the 112th Western Amateur Championship on August 2. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough.
With multiple mistakes coming down the stretch from Schauffele, Beau Hossler earned the biggest amateur victory of his young career at The Beverly Country Club, downing Schauffele, 2 up.
“Fatigue and exhaustion definitely kicked in,” Schauffele admitted. “No excuses, but I definitely kind fell asleep there at some point and finally woke up on 15, fortunately, and tried to make it interesting.”
Schauffele, 20, bogeyed four of his last final seven holes, and lost six of the last seven holes to Hossler in the 18-hole final.
He felt as though the par-5 11th was a big turning point in favor of Hossler. The 19-year-old had a downhill, 15-foot birdie putt to match Schauffele’s already conceded birdie.
“Of course it’s a turning point, but I didn’t expect anything else,” Schauffele said. “He (Beau) putts great, and I was telling my dad (also his caddie at The Bev) there is a 75 percent chance he makes it compared to other players that probably only have a 15 percent chance, but he canned it, dead center and I kind of expected it.”
Because of his fatigue, Schauffele, who will be a senior at San Diego State this fall, said he also had the “lefts” all afternoon on the back nine, and when most players get tired, that’s the way their ball flight heads.
“It’s not encouraging that’s for sure,” Schauffele said.
Although the loss was still fresh in his mind Saturday evening, he said he learned some valuable lessons moving forward.
“I know I’m working on the right stuff,” Schauffele said. “I just have to put it all together now.
“I definitely got tired. I have to figure out a way to counter the lefts when I hit it. It’s a good lesson to learn and I’ll definitely take a look at it.”