May 31, 2016
Texas’ Beau Hossler sent his Longhorns to NCAA Championship final on Tuesday, but whether he’ll be able to play in that final on Wednesday remains uncertain.
Hossler injured his left shoulder Tuesday late in a 2-and-1 win over USC’s Andrew Levitt and sought a medical evaluation after his match.
Shortly after Texas head coach John Fields told Golf Channel that Hossler’s status was “up in the air,” the Texas junior took to Twitter to offer an update:
Hossler was later present at the pairings ceremony, where he was placed opposite Oregon’s Zach Foushee in the third match of Wednesday’s final.
Thereafter, Hossler told Golf Channel’s Steve Burkowski that he’s taking his situation hour by hour, and that while he hopes to play, he’s not certain he will.
Hossler first felt pain in shoulder when he hit his approach into the green at 15, saying, according to Fields, “Wow, my shoulder popped out.”
He pulled away from his shot after impact on the 16th tee in considerable pain, then chipped in for birdie to go 2 up in his match.
After once again flailing his arm in pain after his tee shot on 17, Hossler was evaluated by a team trainer, as tournament officials allowed Texas’ Scottie Scheffler and USC’s Sean Crocker to play through. Hossler finally played his shot from the right rough into the front bunker and, once again, pulled away in pain after impact.
The pain was so bad that Hossler decided he could no longer swing a club and opted to putt from the front bunker on 17. Against the odds, Hossler putted from the bunker and then holed a long par putt from the fringe to close out Levitt and send Texas to the final.
Hossler’s tweet would seem to indicate that he intends to play in the final. Should he be unable to play, Texas will be unable to replace him and will have to forfeit a point.
As Fields put it Tuesday night: “If it’s five guys, it’ll be five guys. If it’s four guys, it’ll be four guys.”