Beau Hossler of Texas grabs his shoulder in pain after hitting a shot at No. 17
EUGENE, OREGON (May 31, 2016) -- It was the most
amazing match play finish I've ever seen.
Playing against Andrew Levitt of USC, Beau Hossler
fought back from 2-down only to injure his shoulder
the par-5 15th hole while going for the green in two.
The pain got so bad that he buckled over
immediately after hitting his tee shot on the par-3
16th. If you only saw the swing, you would never
believe his ball would get airborne, let alone clear
water and land safely on the other side of the
Somehow, Hossler managed to concentrate on his
shot, strike it perfectly and hole it to go 2-up. But
hitting his tee shot on No. 17 and once again
over, it appeared he wouldn't be able to go on.
But quitting isn't part of Hossler's DNA, he was going
give it his best shot.
"Obviouly, I didn't want to hurt myself," Hossler told
Steve Burkowski of The Golf Channel, when asked if
thought about not finishing the match. "But at the
same time this is a national championship - this is
goal that I had the first day I stepped on campus at
Texas ... sometimes you've got to sacrifice a little bit
This is where it got pretty amazing. One more
shot from the right rough later, and Hossler found
himself in the right hand greenside bunker, with an
uphill lie and not much green to work with. A
straightforward bunker shot for a Division I college
player, but not in the shape he was in physically.
So he pulled out the putter, rolled it safely out (but
twenty feet past) and holed a 20 foot, left-to-right
downhill putt for the win.
Whether he plays tomorrow is a mystery. Should he
have time to nurse the shoulder sufficiently, it's still
going to be tough to put the thought of it flaring up
a swing out of his mind. We certainly wish him the
Texas ended up not needing Hossler's point, but he
would have had no way to know it at the time. They
beat USC 4-1.
In the other semifinal match, Oregon defeated No. 2
Illinois, with big wins by Edwin Yi and Zack Foushee
(he was on fire against Nick Hardy, winning 5&3) and
close 1-up victory by Sulman Raza over Charlie
FINAL ROUND PAIRINGS
As for the pairings against Oregon, they were made
the captains with both teams present to put their
names up after their pick. Oregon coach Casey
chose to avoid pairing his No. 1 player (and
champ) against Hossler. That way if Hossler is
to play he isn't using him in a match that is won by
Following are the pairings for Wednesday's final
match, which starts at 5:00pm EDT/2:00pm PDT. You
can watch live on The Golf Channel at
6:00pm/3:00pm. Don't miss it!
Edwin Yi of Oregon vs. Gavin
Hall of Texas
Aaron Wise of Oregon vs.
Scottie Scheffler of Texas
Zack Foushee of Oregon vs.
Beau Hossler of Texas
Sulman Raza of Oregon vs.
Taylor Funk of Texas
Thomas Lim of Oregon vs.
Doug Ghim of Texas
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