Pan, Hansen fall in Western Amateur's Sweet 16
CHICAGO – Cheng-Tsung Pan was looking to advance to the quarterfinals for only the second time in five tries at the Western Amateur, but was shut out by Beau Hossler on Friday morning.
Hossler came away with a 3-and-2 victory over Pan, a rising senior at Washington, in the Sweet 16 of the 112th championship at The Beverly Country Club before play was suspended because dangerous weather conditions in the area. The delay last a total of 55 minutes.
“When you lose three holes in match play, that isn’t going to help – at all,” Pan said.
Pan is referring to Nos. 11-13 where he said he made “stupid mistakes” on all three holes.
Hossler took advantage by going par-par and adding a kick-in birdie to go 3 up. That was the ultimate momentum shift in favor of the 19-year-old sophomore at Texas.
“He played well,” Pan said of Hossler’s play. “He hit a really good shot and was steady from the beginning.”
Hossler will move on to the quarterfinals for the first time at the Western and play future Texas teammate Doug Ghim.
But it was no walk in the park for Ghim, who had earned medalist honors just a little more than 12 hours ago, in Friday morning's Sweet 16 matchup.
Well, it was until the 10th hole.
Ghim was 4 up playing Matt Hansen, a recent graduate at UC Davis, when Hansen won three holes in a five-hole stretch.
The first match of the day was determined on the 18th after a poor tee shot by Hansen.
“It was an unfortunate drive on 18 that just put me in a bad spot,” Hansen said. He missed the fairway left and had to hook it around a tree to get it back into the fairway. His approach shot was 25 feet short, while Ghim, who sat perfectly in the fairway from the tee, went for it and had a 3-footer to tap in and seal his victory.
In his last amateur event, Hansen is pleased with his result. He had birdied two of his last three holes in the final round Thursday to advance to the three-for-one playoff, and then made birdie on the second playoff hole to get into the Round of 16. It’s good momentum heading into the next step of his golf career, which is professional golf. He’ll make his debut at the Arizona Open on Aug. 20.
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Round of 16 results
Doug Ghim def. Matt Hansen, 1 up
Beau Hossler def. Cheng-Tsung Pan, 3 and 2
Scottie Scheffler def. Taylor Macdonald, 3 and 1
Nick Hardy def. Geoff Drakeford, 6 and 4
Brian Campbell def. Joshua Munn, 2 and 1
Cory Crawford def. Lucas Herbert, 1 up
Xander Schauffele def. Bryson Dechambeau, 1 up
Hunter Stewart def. Charlie Danielson, 2 and 1