Hossler rallies to win 112th Western Amateur title
CHICAGO – Revenge couldn’t be any sweeter for Beau Hossler.
After losing to Xander Schauffele in the California Amateur in mid-June, the rising Texas sophomore beat the San Diego State senior, 2 up, to win the 112th Western Amateur Championship on Saturday – the biggest amateur victory of his young career.
“I had to go out there and get it,” Hossler said. “Xander is an excellent player, and I am very fortunate to have won this event.”
Hossler, 19, was 3 down at The Beverly Country Club heading into the par-3 12th after making a huge birdie putt on 11 to match Schauffele’s conceded tap in.
“At that point I was just trying not to lose 6 and 5,” Hossler joked.
From there on out, it was a battle for the championship.
Hossler went on to win three consecutive holes – Nos. 12-14. “That 15-footer on 14 was big,” Hossler said.
It went back-and-forth on Nos. 15 and 16 with players exchanging birdies, but the match was truly decided on the difficult 229-yard, par-3 17th – known as the Citadel.
Hossler found the green and was below the cup – an ideal location according to players throughout the week if you are looking for a simple two-putt. Unfortunately for Schauffele, his ball came to rest on the collar of the green above the cup. He tried to “belly it,” but stubbed it instead – moving only a foot in front of him. That still left him with a downhill putt for par, which he missed. Hossler went 1 up heading to the 18th tee.
Schauffele, who will be a senior at San Diego State in the fall, openly admitted he was exhausted coming down the stretch though he said that is not an excuse. He sent his tee shot on 18 way left and had to play up the 16th fairway rather 18 to possibly have a shot into the green. He hit a tree on his third shot and chunked his chip shot near the green – birdie was conceded and Hossler was crowned champion.
“I was proud of how I stuck to my game plan on 18,” Hossler said. “I’m proud of the way I was managing myself around the golf course even with some rounds this week not being my best. ... I had to scramble.
“It sounds good,” Hossler said of his new title, Western Amateur champion. “It’s one of the best tournaments in the world. An amazing amateur event with an outstanding field run by an a world-class organization so I am very happy to have won.”
Schauffele took the loss in stride, as his good friend won the title: “We had fun. He’s a class act."
Hossler had been playing well coming into the week. After not closing out the Southern Amateur (he finished T-4 after holding the 54-hole lead), he bounced-back with a T-2 finish at the Porter Cup, so he knew his time was coming.
“My confidence was pretty high coming into the week, being consistently in contention, which is great,” Hossler said. “I knew I could do it, but to actually see it happen, is kind of a relief.”
Hossler, the 44th-ranked player in the World Amateur Rankings, becomes the first Longhorn to win the Western since John Klauk in 2002.