SEA ISLAND, Georgia (Feb 7, 2016)— Beau Hossler showed why he is one of the best amateur golfers in the world, taking the prestigious Jones Cup in convincing fashion after a final-round 2-under 70.
It was the University of Texas junior’s third win in the last five events. And the victory not only put Hossler in a prestigious group of Jones Cup winners – — that includes PGA Tour winners Patrick Reed and Justin Thomas — it also provided him with an exemption into the PGA Tour’s RSM Classic this November.
Hossler entered the round in a tie for the lead with Blair Hamilton and Will Grimmer.
After flying the green with a wedge on the first hole and failing to get up-and-down, Hossler recovered nicely, hitting it close on the third and making birdie and grabbing another birdie on the par-3 5th, from 10 feet. The second of the two birdies resulted in a three shot swing over Grimmer, who made double bogey on the same hole.
Hossler finished the front nine with a birdie on No. 9, then holed lengthy birdie putts on Nos. 10 and 11 to all but seal the deal, especially given his closing record as of late. There was certainly plenty of golf left, but he handled the rest of the back nine with 6-straight pars and a bogey on the difficult 18th to finish at 2-under par for the tournament and win by the largest margin in his career, six strokes.
Hossler is one of the biggest names in amateur golf, winning the Western Amateur in 2014 and qualifying three times for the U.S. Open by age 20. He’s already earned two medalist honors this season for the Longhorns at the Arizona Intercollegiate and Nike Invitational. He finished the 49th Pacific Coast Amateur as tied runner-up.
“I feel like I’m capable of winning every tournament I play in now,” Hossler told Golfweek Magazine.
Hossler will tee it up next with his team at the John Burns Intercollegiate Feburary 17-19th in Kauai, Hawaii.
–files from amateurgolf.com/jonescupinvitational.com