Takeaways: Hossler secures Tour status for remainder of 2017
June 18, 2017
By Adam Stanley, PGATOUR.COM
- University of Texas alum Beau Hossler was sidelined from 2016 Q-School due to injury, but earned his status with a runner-up in Wichita. (Alex Wood/PGA TOUR)
Notes and observations from the final round of the Air Capital Classic Supporting Wichita’s Youth, where Aaron Wise shot 21-under for four rounds at Crestview CC to secure a five-shot victory, and his PGA TOUR card for next season.
For more on the final round in Wichita, click here to read the Daily Wrap-up.
Hossler notches best-ever Tour finish
The week didn’t get off to the smoothest of starts for Beau Hossler, but it ended up just fine.
Hossler, who was in a playoff in the Monday qualifier for the Air Capital Classic, managed to survive that, and then he went on to finish runner-up by the close of Sunday’s finale – his best result as a professional.
The University of Texas alum wasn’t sure if his 3-under total in Monday’s qualifier at Auburn Hills GC would be enough, and he spent a nervous afternoon awaiting his fate after posting his morning score.
With wind wreaking havoc in the field, though, 3-under was enough to earn a spot in a 5-for-4 playoff. Hossler survived, and he took advantage throughout the week at Crestview CC.
“I wanted to win,” he said with a laugh. “But this is great. It looks like I’ll have a place to play for the rest of the year and that’s a lot of a relief. I haven’t really had any status, but I’m looking forward to the rest of the year, and (good to) get a little confidence on this level.”
Hossler admitted 2017 has been a tough year for him. But on the five-year anniversary of his emergence onto golf’s radar with a tremendous performance as a 17-year-old at the 2012 U.S. Open, he was able to take advantage of the opportunity he made for himself in Wichita.
“That’s the name of the game out here. When you get an opportunity, you need to snag it and play well at the right times,” he said.
Schenk records best finish in a year
It’s been a steady, if unspectacular, run of golf for Adam Schenk since last year’s United Leasing & Finance Championship, where he finished tied for second.
But this week in Wichita, Schenk notched his best finish in 13 months, a tie for fourth.
He said he felt ‘pretty good’ coming into the week, and admitted his putting was the key to his success.
“I wasn’t making a ton of bogeys coming into the week, and I just started to putt better during the first round and carried that through to the week,” said Schenk, whose coach Craig Bowden flew to Wichita for an early-week practice session. “It was nice to putt consistently for a whole week, which I probably haven’t done since last year.”
Schenk moves into 42nd on the money list, and one more good week could have him into The 25. He explained Sunday this result was a ‘huge boost.’
“I was close a lot before this week; I had some top-15s or so, but I just couldn’t get over the hump and get things done. With this step, it’s a step forward,” he said. “I still need to get over another hump and do a little bit better, but it’s a good time for a good week.”
Cappelen carries over good vibes in Wichita
Talk about horses for courses.
In Sebastian Cappelen’s debut at Crestview Country Club in 2014, he won. He’s only once finished outside the top 10 in his four appearances at the Air Capital Classic, and this year he finished tied for seventh thanks to a 6-under-par 64 on Sunday.
“A lot of the holes just suit my eye and there are quite a few holes where I can be aggressive with the driver, and I always hit the driver well here,” said Cappelen.
“I hit the driver well again this year and had some easy birdies. I was able to hit up close to the green on par 4s and got in range on the par 5s and really took advantage of those,” he said. “I like putting on these greens as well. I see the reads really well and have a good read for the speeds. They’re close to my college’s home-course greens, and it comes naturally on this golf course.
“A lot of guys complain about it, but it suits my eye and plays easy when you always play well,” he continued with a laugh.
This event also comes at a key time in the season, as Cappelen has made just one more cut than he’s missed so far in 2017.
“I needed this,” he admitted. “This is the fourth cut in a row I’ve made, and my game is feeling good; I just haven’t been able to put four rounds together. I had a chance today with a good round, and this will be helpful for the rest of the season.”
Hueber does it for Dad
In a Web.com Tour season that’s seen few bright spots for Justin Hueber, it’s fitting that he had his best result ever on Tour (T4) on Father’s Day.
Hueber, whose father was diagnosed with blood cancer but recently beat it, continues to raise money for the American Heart Association.
“Golf is my job and it’s what I do, but it doesn’t mean a whole lot in the grand scheme of things, watching my dad go through (what he did) and being in the hospital with him. It puts things into perspective really quick,” Hueber told PGA TOUR Digital in 2016.
“Obviously my goal is to make it to the PGA TOUR as soon as possible. But if I can help someone else out along the way, even if I don’t make it to the TOUR, knowing I was able to do a small thing is more important to me than the game of golf.”
Hueber fired a bogey-free, 6-under 64 on Sunday to move up seven places on the leaderboard. More importantly, though, he moved from 132nd on the money list to 70th, meaning he will have status on the Web.com Tour for the balance of the year.
Wise jumps into top 10 on The 25
It was almost a foregone conclusion that Aaron Wise was going to win this week at the Air Capital Classic, but after back-to-back bogeys early in the fourth round, it was starting to be questionable, versus confirmed.
However, Wise, who said he likes being out in front because it forces his fellow golfers to try things they might not normally do in order to make birdies, and likely make errors, made a birdie and an eagle on the back nine at Crestview Country Club to close the door on a five-stroke victory.
“If you win three tournaments, you get to move on, and that’s definitely my goal,” he said. “I had a good year going but it was still kind of up in the air, and this puts an exclamation point on the year and puts me in the driver’s seat for the rest of the season. It allows me to free up and play aggressively.”
Wise said his schedule, despite the win, wouldn’t really change, as he likes to play just a few weeks in a row and then take a week off. He’ll play the same schedule that he originally had in the queue for the balance of 2017, but is eager to put the pedal down and try for win No. 2.
With his win, Wise moved from 35th to sixth on the money list.
The rest of the top 5 – including Stephan Jaeger at No. 1, who played the U.S. Open this week – stayed the same this week. No one else moved into The 25, but Rafael Campos, on the heels of a tie for 19th, moved to 26th, just a few thousand dollars behind the magical 25th spot.
Aaron Wise interview after winning Air Capital