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June 28 2012

7:40 PM

Hossler comfortable with spotlight

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Beau Hossler shot even par in the opening round of the AT&T National.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

BETHESDA, Md. -- Beau Hossler has no plans to turn pro anytime soon. The 17-year-old is headed to the University of Texas next year and says he’ll plans to be there all four years.

His game, on the other hand, continues to show pro potential.

Hossler shot an even-par 71 Thursday at the AT&T National, where scoring was extremely difficult in firm, fast conditions and with temperatures into the high 90s.

The teen is also settling into the spotlight since his near-historic run at the U.S. Open two weeks ago.

”It's a little more low-key obviously because there's less people, not people flying from around the country and world to see the tournament, less grandstands,” Hossler said of the surroundings at the AT&T National.

Congressional is sure playing like a major, though.

“Equally difficult, I think, or pretty close,” Hossler said.

Hossler still had four birdies on the day -- though they were offset by four bogeys, including one on his final hole of the day, the par-5 ninth, where he three-putted.

Despite the hiccup, Hossler feels he contend here. So far, he’s been able to.

”I feel like I belong,” Hossler said. “Obviously my game needs to get better before I'm out here all the time, but I feel pretty comfortable out here. It feels like I can make the adjustment from junior to amateur to professional golf. I feel like I've made some progress.”

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