Oregon ousts Illinois; Hossler, Texas take out USC


The men's NCAA Championship final is set. Host team Oregon will take on Texas Wednesday at Eugene Country Club to determine a national champion.

Battling apparent left shoulder pain, junior Beau Hossler sent Texas to the final when he got up and down from the front bunker on 17 with his putter. Unable to swing, Hossler putted from the bunker and then made a lengthy par putt from the fringe to beat USC's Andrew Levitt, 2 and 1, giving Texas the 4-1 victory.

Hossler first felt pain in his shoulder when he hit 4-iron into the 15th green. After teeing off on 17, Hossler was evaulated by a team trainer. Tournament officials allowed the Scottie Scheffler-Sean Crocker match to play through, as Hossler decided whether or not to continue. Hossler would decide to play on, he again grabbed his shoulder in pain after his second shot from the rough on 17, and then made his up-and-down from the bunker with his putter.

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Hossler's status for Wednesday remains unclear.

Oregon, meanwhile, reached the final when redshirt junior Sulman Raza got up-and-down from the front bunker on the 18th to beat Illinois' Charlie Danielson, 1 up, and secure a 3 1/2-1 1/2 victory for the Ducks.

Playing his final college event, Danielson nearly kept his team alive with a birdie attempt on the final green that wrapped all the way around the hole but didn't fall.

Had it dropped, Danielson's teammate Dylan Meyer would have had the opportunity to send the Illini to Wednesday's final; playing in the anchor match, Meyer had just chipped in for birdie to go 1 up on Monday's individual champion Aaron Wise with one hole to play. But once Raza holed his par putt, Oregon won its third point, rendering the Meyer-Wise outcome moot.