Beau Hossler bounces back to win Western Amateur title

Beau Hossler of California poses with his trophy after winning the 112th Western Amateur title at The Beverly Country Club. | Charles Cherney/WGA

CHICAGO — Beau Hossler went from staying alive to staying in control in seven short holes Saturday.

Standing on the 11th green during the championship match of the 112th Western Amateur at The Beverly Country Club, Hossler needed to make a 15-foot birdie putt to stay 3 down against Xander Schauffele. He rolled it in, then won six of the next seven holes en route to a 2-up victory.

Hossler came to the par-5 18th with an improbable 1-up lead, executing three perfect shots to give himself a 4-foot birdie putt as Schauffele struggled in the left rough and eventually conceded.

“At that point, I was trying to just not lose 6 & 5,” Hossler said of his mindset on the 11th hole.

“I had to go out there and get [the win]. Maybe my score was not all that low, but the golf course was playing pretty difficult.”

Hossler and Schauffele — friends and California residents — won semifinal matches Saturday morning to set up a rematch of the California State Amateur final won by Schauffele June 21. The Western Amateur final had the look of a repeat early, with Schauffele going 3 up through seven holes as Hossler made three bogeys.

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