UPDATE 1:45 p.m. PT, June 1:
Hossler has now announced that he is officially out, due to an injured left shoulder. Oregon now leads the NCAA Championship final match, 1-0.
“I was expecting to be pretty sore, waking up and I was,” Hossler said. “My shoulder is obviously really tight, sore. I definitely didn’t want to make any decisions until I was officially out. I came to that conclusion just a few minutes ago.”
I was told, if I got out on the golf course, I could do serious damage to my shoulder.”
Hossler does not know yet the severity of his injury, but he feels that it shouldn’t be a long-term issue. Hossler said preliminary tests looked good, with range of motion strong but the stability of the shoulder in question. For now, he sees it as only a short-term pain that has forced him out of action.
“I don’t have a diagnosis yet, I’m going to have an MRI tomorrow. I don’t think it’s going to be anything too serious, but me playing at 30 percent health, I’m not helping my team, I’m going to get smoked out there,” Hossler said. “I wouldn’t be helping my team.”
Texas head coach John Fields now must get his team to win at least three of the four remaining matches to earn the Longhorns their second national title in five years.
He said he told his team to be up for the big challenge.
“I would have loved for Beau to play, but that’s not how it shook out,” said Fields. “We need to go 4-0. Every guy individually has to go take care of business. We’re up against a really fine Oregon team and great coach in Casey Martin on their home golf course essentially. It’s a huge challenge, but it’s a chance to make history.”
As for Hossler’s plan today, he looks to be a big fan on the sidelines.
“I’ll be out there being the best cheerleader I can,” Hossler said. “This is not about me. I know there’s a lot of media attention around me, but this is about my university and my teammates. I have full confidence that all four of them that they can come out and wins their matches.”
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UPDATE 1:04 p.m. PT, June 1:
According to a source, Beau Hossler will not play in the final today due to injury. That would mean Oregon leads the match 1-0 before it starts. Zach Foushee, who was set to play Hossler, would be conceded that opening point. Texas then must win at least three of the four remaining matches to take the title.
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EUGENE, Ore. – Texas junior Beau Hossler will be a “game-time decision” for Wednesday’s NCAA Championship final, Texas head coach John Fields said Wednesday morning.
Hossler injured his left shoulder on the 15th hole of his semifinal match against USC’s Andrew Levitt. Hossler, who said his shoulder felt like it “popped out,” was in extreme discomfort as he battled through the injury until the 17th hole, where he made a clutch up-and-down from the greenside bunker with a putter to earn the winning point for the Longhorns.
“I wish I had some info for you, but I just don’t,” Hossler said of the injury. “Obviously, there was some pain, but I’ll be fine.”
He reiterated his status for Wednesday on Twitter: “Thank you for all the love and support. I will be fine. Looking forward to tomorrow.”
Hossler, the No. 3-ranked player in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, is scheduled to play Oregon’s Zach Foushee Wednesday. If he can’t go, top-ranked Texas will have to forfeit the point and would then need three points out of its remaining four players.
“If we’re four-legged, we’re four legged,” Fields said Tuesday evening. “… We certainly will not risk any injury with him.”
Hossler, who is schedule to play in U.S. Open sectional qualifying on Monday, is expected to turn pro following the NCAA Championship. So if the injury keeps Hossler off the golf course Wednesday at Eugene Country Club, Tuesday’s heroics were Hossler’s last as a collegian.
Of course, if he does play, he’ll have a chance to go out with a national title, something he’s been dreaming of since he committed to the Longhorns as a teenager.