Texas golfer Beau Hossler is out with a shoulder injury for Wednesday’s national championship match against Oregon.
As a result, Oregon opens the match ahead 1-0, meaning for Texas to capture its fourth national title it must win three of the four contested matches at Eugene Country Club.
“Right up until game time, we weren’t sure if he was going to play or not,” UT coach John Fields said in a statement. “The injury is significant and painful enough that he will not be able to compete today. It in no way diminishes the fact that he finished fifth in the medal after 72 holes and is 2-0 currently at the national championship for his match play record. The team is excited about playing. We will start one down, but have four other matches to pay attention to and we are excited about the competition today.”
Competition begins at 4:10 p.m. with UT’s Gavin Hall taking on Edwin Yi. At 5 p.m. Golf Channel will begin with live coverage.
Hossler, the team’s top player and a first-team All-American, injured his left shoulder on the 15th hole in Tuesday’s semifinal against USC. The pain was so bad he could not hit a wedge and instead used his putter to hit from a bunker on No. 17. Hossler then made a 30-foot putt to secure the win, 2 and 1.
Earlier on Wednesday, UT coach John Fields told the American-Statesman Hossler was a “game-time decision.”
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