Beau Hossler, the popular 17-year-old who said Saturday that he liked his chances of winning the U.S. Open, fell back to Earth in Sunday’s finale at Olympic Club and ended up the runner-up for low-amateur honors.
The high school junior from California -- who began his round in a tie for eighth -- ran into sand trouble and a double-bogey on 18. That mishap handed the amateur honor to University of Texas sophomore Jordan Spieth. Spieth, who was instrumental in his friend Hossler choosing Texas as his college of choice, posted an even-par 70 in his final round to close at 7-over, two shots better than Hossler, who closed with a 76.
NBC Sports’ Johnny Miller declared that Hossler jinxed himself when he pronounced himself a contender for the title.
"The only thing he did wrong, I think, is say publicly, ‘I’ve changed my goals, I think I got a chance to win. He should have just kept that to himself,” Miller said. “It just seems like a kiss of death when you say that.”
After making the cut in his second U.S. Open (he missed the cut at last year’s event), Hossler said his aim was to become the low am. He played so well in his first three rounds that he told reporters Saturday he had adjusted his expectations -- according to Miller, a disastrous rookie mistake.