Q&A with Beau Hossler
June 28, 2017
By Adam Stanley, PGATOUR.COM
- University of Texas alum Beau Hossler secured Tour status after a second place finish in Wichita. (Alex Wood/PGA TOUR)
When Beau Hossler emerged onto the golfing scene, he was wearing braces and had a doughy frame. He was 17, and just coming into his own.
But Hossler was far from a normal teenager, in fact, he was a bit of a golf prodigy.
Hossler qualified for the U.S. Open as both a 16-year-old and 17-year-old (in 2011 and 2012) and ended up finishing tied for 29th at The Olympic Club in 2012, holding the solo lead for a brief moment during the second round.
Although he didn’t capture low amateur honors that week – it would go to a baby-faced Jordan Spieth (more on him later) – he captured the hearts of many who tuned in that week to see Hossler’s big grin, bigger swing, and casual saunter.
Now, five years later, Hossler has lost the braces, spent four years at the University of Texas, and is embarking on a professional career.
After a solo second place finish two weeks ago at the Air Capital Classic Supporting Wichita’s Youth, Hossler has status on the Web.com Tour for the balance of 2017.
He spent a few minutes with PGATOUR.com chatting about his development as a pro, who inspires him, and his favorite course ever.
You turned professional and started your PGA TOUR journey this year. How have things been going?
This year’s been on and off because the exemptions have been spread out. It was a little tough to get into a rhythm, but now I’ll be playing a bunch on the Web.com (Tour) so it’s nice to be out here and play week-in and week-out.Beau Hossler made the cut in both of his first two events of the 2017 Web.com Tour season, finishing T30 in Panama and solo second in Wichita. (Alex Wood/PGA TOUR).
Not knowing where you’re playing week-in and week-out… do you think that’s more of a physical or mental grind?
More mental for sure. You can’t really get into a rhythm. You’re going to play Monday Qualifiers and shoot a 67 and not even make it. It’s nice to be in a spot where you don’t have to be in a spot where you don’t know where you’re playing next. It doesn’t really matter about the result and whether it’s good or bad, you can just throw it into the back seat and move on.
How much have you matured since you stole the spotlight at the U.S. Open in 2012?
A lot. I definitely feel like I’m a lot better player, which is good, because I feel like I’ve put a lot of hours in to improve. I’m five years older, five years better, and I’m ready to do really well out here.
Where are you living now? Which course do you call home?
I live in Dallas, Texas, and play out of Trinity Forest where (the PGA TOUR) is hosting the AT&T Byron Nelson next year. The course just opened last year. I really like it and I think it’s going to be good. Like any golf course I think it needs a little time to mature but right now I think it’s going to be really good for the tournament.
Is there any guy on the TOUR – specifically, perhaps, another University of Texas alum – that you try to emulate when you tee it up?
Each guy has their game and plays a little bit different. I feel like I can compete at the highest level with what I’m doing and if I can fine-tune that then it’s even better.
When you’ve had the chance to tee it up on the PGA TOUR, did you feel like you had the skill-set to belong?
Yeah, definitely. I need to get better just like every other guy out there, but I feel like I can compete out there and it’s just a matter of playing well. In those eight tournaments (Hossler received exemptions into eight TOUR events in 2016-17) I just didn’t play my best golf, but I’m confident that once I get back playing I’ll be right there contending.University of Texas alum Beau Hossler was sidelined from 2016 Q-School due to injury. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Away from the golf course, where can we find you?
I like to watch sports; I’m a big (Los Angeles) Dodgers fan. I try to spend some time with my family and girlfriend when I’m not playing. Honestly it’s been kind of a grind this year so I haven’t had much down time.
How did you and your girlfriend meet?
I knew her from high school and we started dating in college.
Why did you choose the University of Texas?
I thought it was the best place for me to get better. I had the opportunity to play with a bunch of other really good players and there was obviously a really good coaching staff, so it’s been really special for me to be part of the family.
When you were growing up, when did you know that golf was going to be the thing you wanted to pursue exclusively?
I started playing golf exclusively when I was 11 or 12… I played other sports then but I was mostly into baseball and golf.
What was it about golf you liked?
I liked the individual aspect where everything just falls on your shoulders and you can’t really rely on other people to get the job done, you have to just do it yourself.
Do you have a favorite course you’ve ever played?
I’ve played Augusta (National) a couple times, and that was just unbelievable. I played a handful of really good ones, but Augusta is the best and I think Pebble Beach is the most beautiful. But I think strictly based on course design… I think Augusta is my favorite ever.