Beau Hossler discloses torn labrum that will require surgery, 4-month recovery

Beau Hossler discloses torn labrum that will require surgery, 4-month recovery

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Beau Hossler discloses torn labrum that will require surgery, 4-month recovery

The status of Beau Hossler’s left shoulder had been a mystery following a scary episode at the NCAA Championship, but now it’s clear: Hossler will miss some time.

Hossler, 21, announced Tuesday on Golf Channel that he has a torn labrum, an injury that will require surgery immediately. He expects to be out for an estimated four months. Hossler, who recently completed his junior season for NCAA runner-up Texas, said he planned to undergo surgery Friday in Austin, Texas, which would put him in recovery mode until early October.

“It’s a relatively minor surgery, but it’s something that I need to get done,” Hossler told Golfweek’s Brentley Romine Tuesday in Orlando. “I made a decision that is best for the 30-year career I have in front of me, hopefully. I’m confident that I have a lot of trust in my doctor and that he’s going to do the right thing and get me on track. I promise you I will work my butt off in rehab to get back as soon as possibly, but at the same time I’m not going to be coming back until I’m 100 percent. … If I was to not have surgery, I would be risking further injury down the road and there was a lot of unknowns.

“Now, we have a really concrete plan in place. We have a solid timetable. We have a plan of what we’re going to do in rehab, where we’re going to do it, who we’re going to see, the whole nine yards.”

Hossler noted that the labrum tear, which was disclosed during an MRI last Thursday in Austin, might have been years in the making, “probably for the majority of, potentially the entirety of, my college career,” he said. But despite facing time away from golf, knowing the diagnosis is a relief for Hossler.

“I’m really reassured,” Hossler said. “I’m in a lot better place than I was four days ago when I was in limbo of not knowing what was really going to happen. It’s certainly disappointing on the timing but I’m very, very optimistic about what’s to come.”

Hossler visited Orlando on Tuesday to receive the Haskins Award presented by Stifel after a five-victory 2015-16 college season. His year ended in a bout of misery, thanks to the suddenly excruciating shoulder pain that popped up during the semifinals at NCAAs and forced him to sit out the final match, giving opponent Oregon a free point in an eventual 3-2 win.

But his gutsy finish to win his semifinal match was well noted, including an incredible up-and-down from a greenside bunker with a putter to close out his contest and the Longhorns’ win. Texas defeated USC, 4-1, to reach the final.

Hossler said he had never experienced such pain on the golf course and had no previous issues with his left shoulder. The first point of injury came on an approach shot at Eugene Country Club’s par-5 15th, and every full shot in the next two holes brought excruciating pain.

“Basically I dislocated my shoulder on all four of those swings,” Hossler said.

Before Tuesday’s announcement, Hossler already had skipped out on his U.S. Open sectional qualifier because of the injury. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native was also expected to turn pro this summer and receive several sponsor exemptions (a spot in next month’s John Deere Classic had already been announced).

Now, though, Hossler has had to reconsider his decision to turn pro. The Haskins winner finished his junior season No. 2 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. If he were to return to Texas in the fall, the Longhorns would have all five starters back.

“I’m not going to close the door on amateur and college career until I have assurance that I’m going to be comfortable as a pro, that I’m going to have opportunities in front of me, that I’m going to have backing to make sure that I’m comfortable and I can go out there and play to win, that’s what’s really important,” Hossler said. “So until those things come through –and hopefully they do in the next couple weeks, and I’m confident that they will and it’ll make sense for me to become a professional – there’s no reason for me to close the door.

“Amateur golf really is special. College golf, trust me, is special to me. … That’s not to say it will or will not happen. I hope to have a little clarity on what direction I’m going, whether it means going back to college this year or not, here in the next couple of weeks.”

Of course, turning pro doesn’t top the list of priorities for Hossler right now. The main focus is his shoulder surgery and subsequent rehab.

“More than anything, I was very frustrated at the beginning before I had the diagnosis and I had a plan in place,” Hossler said. “Now I’ve come to terms with what’s going to happen, but I’m really reassured that I’m going to be back to full strength and actually even better than I was before.”

– Brentley Romine contributed to this report

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