Teen Hossler stays calm amid U.S. Open storm

By Randall MellJune 16, 2012, 2:52 am

SAN FRANCISCO – Beau Hossler’s baby-faced smile sent an electric jolt through The Olympic Club Friday at the U.S. Open.

They must have heard the roar from the Embarcadero to Lombard Street to the Golden Gate Bridge when the 17-year-old Californian flashed a mouth full of braces as he walked off the first hole (his 11th of the day).

That is where Hossler made birdie to overtake Tiger Woods for sole possession of the lead.

“Unbelievable,” said a proud papa, Beau Hossler Sr. “Is that a strong enough word?”

Hossler’s parents marveled at their boy’s improbable march into contention, but not for the reasons you might think.

It wasn’t in seeing his name over Woods on the leaderboard.

It wasn’t in seeing shot making beyond his years.

No, they marveled at their boy’s unshakably cool demeanor all the way around this course.

“I’m a nervous wreck,” Beau Sr. said waiting for his son outside the locker room after the round. “Beau’s always had this calm about him. I’ve said this for a long time. He has an ability to stay calm in situations where other people aren’t very calm.”

Thank goodness that calm was there early Friday. Amy Balsz, Beau's mother, was feeling jittery at day’s start.

“I was nervous when Beau was on the first tee box, but he looked so relaxed and calm, it calmed me down,” said Amy, who walked the course with her husband, Matt, Beau’s stepfather. “Beau was so comfortable, and that made me comfortable.”

Neither Amy nor Beau Sr. will take credit for their son’s cool demeanor.

“He was born with it,” Amy said.

Beau needed that demeanor amid some adversity late in his round. He ended up shooting 3-over-par 73, leaving him four shots off the lead. He stumbled home with a double bogey at his 14th hole (No. 4), and then proceeded to drill his next tee shot to the right and squarely off a tree. The ball ricocheted backward, into a bunker up on the wrong fairway alongside No. 4. He seemed to be a mile from the hole, with a small forest of trees between him and the green.

Hossler’s caddie, Bill Schellenberg, who also is his godfather, tried to hand him a wedge to pitch the ball sideways back into the fairway. Beau, instead, plucked out his 6-iron and aimed straight over the stand of giant trees. He hit a towering rocket out of that bunker, flying the trees and finding the fairway a little wedge away from the green.

Beau would make bogey there, but the towering escape won’t soon be forgotten.

At his 17th (No. 7), Beau put another jolt into the gallery, holing a 25-foot chip shot for birdie.

“That’s Beau, rolling with the punches,” said Beau Sr., a mortgage broker in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.

Beau, who just completed his junior year of high school, qualified for the U.S. Open making birdies at two of the final three holes in the Daly City, Calif., sectional. He also qualified for the U.S. Open at Congressional last year as a 16-year-old.

Evidence that Beau isn’t overwhelmed in this setting came through in one of his practice rounds. He arranged a round with Phil Mickelson, his favorite player.

Hossler outplayed his idol through the first two official rounds, finishing Friday four shots ahead of the four-time major champion.

Chants of “Beau” and “Hoss” echoed across Olympic Club all afternoon.

“It was pretty special,” Beau said.

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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.

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Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.

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At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”

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Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”