When Beau Hossler chipped in for par on the first hole of the 112th U.S. Open Sunday there was much speculation from commentators and bloggers that something magical was in the offing.
But that wasn’t to be. The 17-year-old Santa Margarita Catholic High school standout had a tough final round finishing at 6-over-par 76. He was 9-over-par for the tournament.
Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell faded down the back nine Sunday to hand the title to Webb Simpson, who finished at at 1-over-par.
Hossler had hoped to finish as the low amateur, but fell back behind Jordan Spieth from the University of Texas who shot even par 70 in the final round.
In a post-round interview he said: “Sure. I was nervous at the start of the round, no doubt. Just like every other day I was nervous starting the round but I felt pretty comfortable coming to the middle and toward the end, but unfortunately made some mistakes coming in that obviously hurt my score.”
Read the whole post-round interview HERE.
Other finishes by Southern California notables:
Patrick Cantlay: Tied for 21st with Tiger Woods, the Los Alamitos standout who plays at UCLA shot a 2-over-par 72 on Sunday.
Tiger Woods: He stumbled badly out of the gate with four bogies and a double bogey on the front nine. He managed a 3-over-par 73 to finish tied for 21st.
Hunter Mahan: 10-over-par to finish tied for 38th.
Rickie Fowler: He eagled the 7th hole Sunday but still finished tied for 41st.
Phil Mickelson: He shot 78 in the final round to finish tied for 65th.
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