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Texas' Hossler will forgo senior season, turn pro

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Beau Hossler, the 2015 NCAA player of the year, has forgone his senior season at Texas and turned pro.

The 21-year-old signed with Dallas-based Hambric Sports Management and will be represented by David Winkle, the agent for world No. 2 Dustin Johnson. 

Hossler posted this lengthy message to Instagram on Thursday evening:

After months of weighing options and discussing with my loved ones, I have decided to turn professional and forgo my Senior year at The University of Texas. I have been preparing to become a professional golfer, and have dreamed of this day for more than ten years. I am blessed to have surrounded myself with some of the greatest people in the world. Without each one of their contributions, I would not be in this position today. My instructor, Jim Flick, who passed just a few years ago, provided me with the sturdiest of golf foundations, and his words still stick in my head on a daily basis today. My current instructor, Adam Porzak, has spent countless hours and sleepless nights trying to help me to be the best I can be. Dr. Jay Brunza has helped to shape my mental game into my greatest strength. Dr. Joseph Zappala and Coach Ryan Steenberg have provided me with an understanding of where my body has been, is now, and will be in the future. Santa Margarita Catholic High School provided a perfect stepping stone for my college career that would unfold at Texas. If I told you about all my experiences at Texas, it would take about a month. My teammates during these three years are some of the most special golfers I've seen, but more importantly, they are some of the highest character people I've been around. Their playing records speak for themselves as golfers, but the most impressive parts are those that you don't see on paper. Thank you guys for pushing me day in and day out. You are the most competitive and gutsy group I have had the pleasure of being around. Coach Fields has been an incredible asset in my life the past three and a half years, since I stepped on campus. He has treated me and my teammates like his own sons, and cares about our careers at and after Texas as if they were his own. Coach Fields, thank you for giving me the opportunity to come to UT. Coaches Jean Paul Hebert and Ryan Murphy, thank you for being there for me and pushing me. Dr. Randa Ryan, Kat Hastings, Dr. Allen Hardin, Gabe Perlaza, and Trey Zepeda, thank you for keeping my mind straight in the classroom and my body prepared for competition.

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Hossler is coming off the best season of his career, when he won five events for the Longhorns, led the Americans at the Walker Cup and captured the prestigious Jones Cup.

Hossler was set to turn pro after the NCAA Championship, but he tore the labrum in his left shoulder during Texas’ semifinal match. He was unable to compete in the finals against Oregon (which the Longhorns lost) and underwent surgery a few days later. Hossler, who will be out at least four months, will seek sponsor exemptions in 2017 on both the PGA and tours.