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June 18 2012

1:39 AM

Spieth beats Hossler for low am

SAN FRANCISCO -- Beau Hossler’s bid for low amateur honors ended at the 18th hole on Sunday.

The precocious 17-year-old, who started the final round in a tie for eighth, needed to get to get up and down from the greenside bunker to beat Jordan Spieth, who is a rising sophomore at Texas.

Instead, Hossler, who will be a senior in high school next year, left the ball in the bunker and went on to make a double bogey. After posting a 69 on Saturday, Spieth shot 70 in the final round and finished at 7 over while Hossler was two strokes behind after Sunday’s 76.

The two are good friends and future college teammates. Hossler, who was wearing a visor that said Texas this week, plans to play for the Longhorns, who just won the NCAA golf title.

“He’s been a good friend of mine in junior golf the last couple years, and I think that I would like to say that I helped him, convince him to come to Texas, along with obviously our coaches,” Spieth said. “He gave me a lot of calls, along with a couple other guys on the team to find out some stuff about the university.

:So I've been close to Beau and we're aware of how good a player he is and what he's capable of doing, and he's just walking with a little extra cockiness in his step out here. He just looks really confident on the course and he's handling himself well off the course too.

“So it's just been an all‑around great effort by him and cool to see him sporting the Longhorn gear out there.”

Hossler couldn’t be too disappointed. Not only did he play extremely well, the crowd embraced him, giving him a standing ovation at the 18th hole.

“There's so much, so many positives for the week,” Hossler said. “I played well out of 70 holes, 72 holes I probably played well 60 of them. Made some crucial mistakes, missed some on the wrong side of the holes. But just like from last year, it's only a learning experience and I still have some time before I come out and start doing this for a living.”

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