Tag Archives: Beau Hossler

Jun
28
2012

Tiger scrambles for a 72

Just a little over a year after surrendering record-breaking scores, Congressional Country Club is playing like a U.S. Open course in U.S. Open-like conditions. The course is firm and fast. The heat is sweltering. And the scorching temperatures aren’t letting up at the AT&T National.

Only ten players in the morning wave broke par, including Vijay Singh, Dustin Johnson, Davis Love III, Hunter Mahan, Stewart Cink and Marc Leishman, who captured his first PGA Tour victory last Sunday at the Travelers Championship.

Tournament host Tiger Woods struggled to find fairways on the front nine and grinded to shoot a one-over 72. Bo Van Pelt, who placed T14 at last year’s U.S. Open here, fired a bogey-free four-under 67 to take the first-round lead over Singh, Brendon de Jonge and Jimmy Walker.

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Jun
17
2012
By Stephanie Wei under US Open

It isn't always the prettiest or the most conventional, but Furyk gets the job done

The strangeness in the air on Saturday carried over into the wee hours of Sunday morning when the fire alarm woke up a bunch of cranky scribes at the media hotel around 1am. Myself included. Naturally, it turned out to be a false alarm. Somehow, the disconcerting announcement didn’t sound in my room (thank God for Twitter,huh?), but I did get the “false alarm” one.

Good news is I could understand all three languages used: Spanish, Mandarin and English (played in that order). You know, just in case I missed the first or second message the fourth time it was repeated. Better news: I didn’t listen to the evacuation order and leave my room for the Media Pajama Party in front of the hotel. Now that would have been a spooky nightmare!

The game plan was to rest up and then wake up early to write this post — which I’ve been thinking through since Friday evening — but alas, here I am, up and at ’em. Let’s hope some of this makes sense…it goes back to a quote Jim Furyk gave me after the final round of the Masters in April.

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Jun
15
2012
By Stephanie Wei under US Open

View of the 18th green

So, all the work I did in the last two hours was just lost. FML. Somehow it didn’t auto-save and when I hit “publish,” I discovered I had been signed out and my draft hadn’t been saved. Awesome. I don’t think I’ve felt that pit in my stomach since college. I mean, c’mon, technology!

Well, I guess I’ll redo it later, but bed for now. Here are the tee times for Saturday:

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Jun
14
2012
By Conor Nagle under Tiger Woods

Mmm... so inviting.

The battle for the third most coveted trophy in world golf (sorry, couldn’t resist) is underway in distant San Francisco, and while the leaderboard has yet to take any meaningful shape, some of the day’s talking points are already in place:

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Jun
18
2011
By Conor Nagle under US Open

Beau, caddie/godfather Bill Schellenberg and his brand new tour bag

Sixteen-year-old Beau Hossler, whom we profiled earlier in the week, is on his way back to Orange County after recording rounds of 76 and 77 to miss the cut at his first US Open by some six shots. While he could easily protest his youth, inexperience and the relatively unplayable length of the course, Hossler seems entirely at ease with performance over the course of the week.

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Jun
15
2011
By Conor Nagle under US Open

One of the year’s most tiresome media contrivances has been the so-called ‘Youth Movement’ narrative. Tiger may be gone, we’re told, but a flood of younger golfers are rushing to fill the vacuum left by his sudden retreat, almost as if the next generation of talent made some collective decision a few months ago to, like, totally shake up golf, dude.

It might be a reductive approach to reading the evolution of the sport, but it is one, nonetheless, that carries a little truth about it. We might just be talking about a handful of talented outliers, after all, but aren’t they just a little younger than they used to be? I mean, how else can you explain the presence of sixteen-year-old Beau Hossler in this week’s field?

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Jun
14
2011

How about that clubhouse?? (View from 10 green)

Hello from Congressional! I can’t believe it’s been a year since Pebble Beach (and my first major). I feel so grown up! — actually, not really, but I can’t even begin to describe how much I’ve learned since then (you know, like, don’t accidentally wander into the Player’s Lounge looking for the ladies’ room…). Anyway, since I kicked off the day at Ken Venturi’s presser, it was going to be a hard act to beat. Oh, by the way, as I walked into the interview room, I spotted this sign (bottom left), which made me chuckle.

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