Seventeen-year-old Beau Hossler came into the U.S. Open with a goal of finishing as the low amateur.
After a round of even-par 70 on Saturday and three days of standing toe-to-toe with the best golfers in the world at the Olympic Club, he has had to reassess that initial plan.
“Absolutely,” Hossler said when asked if he thinks he can win the Open. “There’s not a doubt in my mind. ... I still have the goal to be low amateur, but my goal now is to win the tournament.”
Hossler, who will be a senior at Santa Margarita High School in Orange County in the fall, sits at 3 over par for the championship and in a six-way tie for eighth place, four shots behind co-leaders Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell.
On a rugged course that has devoured some of the best players in the world, Hossler has managed to finish two of his rounds at even par and has tallied 10 birdies on the week, tied for the third-most in the field.
He has also become a fan favorite among the galleries at the Olympic Club.
“I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the support from everybody out there,” said Hossler, who also qualified for the Open last year as a 16-year-old. “Not only my family and friends from home, but all the people in the Bay Area. It’s really special.”