For a moment on Friday in the second round of the United States Open Championship, 17-year-old Beau Hossler was atop the leaderboard.He easily made the cut so he'll get to play the last two days. Quite an experience, and I'm guessing he'll have a long and successful career in golf ahead of him.
Ahead of Tiger, Lefty and Bubba.
A far cry from his U.S. Open debut a year ago when he missed the cut after two rounds, Hossler is in the thick of the battle for the 112th championship on the par-70 layout at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. He is in a tie for ninth place, four strokes behind co-leaders Jim Furyk, Tiger Woods and David Toms. Those three veterans—Furyk is 42, Woods is 36 and Toms is 45—are tied at 1-under par 139 after two rounds.
Hossler, a Mission Viejo resident who last week was a junior at Santa Margarita Catholic, began his day teeing off from the 9th hole. Through his first 11 holes, he was at 2-under par; coupled with his even-par opening round, that moved him 2-under for the tournament and gave him the lead....
But the difficult Open course—traditionally one of the hardest courses to play—then punched back at Hossler, who wore a University of Texas visor though he's still more than a year away from going off to college.
He closed his round with four bogeys and one double bogey over the final eight holes. The lead he took on No. 1 didn't even last through No. 2.
Nevertheless, Hossler remains solidly in the race for the championship, tied for ninth place with eight other golfers, four strokes behind the lead threesome.
Meanwhile, the eyes of the golf world will be on Tiger Woods who is playing better than he has in years. He could win this thing.