Prior to the 2012 AT&T National, Beau Hossler meets with the media and talks about the course and gaining experience and confidence.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
BETHESDA, Md. -- Not everyone recognizes Beau Hossler, even if he nearly won the U.S. Open and was the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter during his near-historic run.
“I was buying socks at Macy's the other day and some person didn't believe that it was me, so I had to show them my ID,” Hossler said. “It's pretty cool, though, because a lot of people know who I am now, being stopped in airports and everything, taking pictures. You wouldn't really expect the guy at Jack in the Box to recognize me, but they kind of do now.”
Being recognized might not get Hossler any free hamburgers -- “I wish,” he said -- but it was enough to get him into the AT&T National on a sponsor invite.
Though Hossler has yet to meet Tiger Woods, whose foundation runs the tournament, he was certainly thankful for being here.
Now he wants to win.
“I respect the games of every player out here,” Hossler said. “But I feel like I can go out there and compete.”
He did at the U.S. Open, where the 17-year-old led at one point midway through the second round before finishing in a tie for 29th.
”Probably the confidence,” Hossler said when asked what was the biggest thing he took from the U.S. Open. “I know I'm not quite to their level yet, but I feel like I can potentially be there in the future if I keep working hard. To know I'm able to be out there at least and to compete, that's a huge confidence booster for me.”