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Breakfast with Bevo: Texas’ Spieth, Hossler and Scheffler have made U.S. Opens their own

Posted June 13th, 2017

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Good morning. Breakfast is served.

It’s June 13th — 164 down, 201 to go.

And 9 till the NBA draft. Celtics are on the clock.

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YESTERDAY: The Warriors won the NBA championship, 129-120 over the Cavs in Game 5. Kevin Durant (39 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists) is your Finals MVP. It’s Golden State’s second title in the last three years. Texas lost a 2018 football commitment, and he flipped to Oklahoma. Up in Saskatchewan, Roughriders quarterback Vince Young suffered a torn hamstring and will miss four to six weeks, including the start of the CFL season. The MLB’s amateur draft began; Morgan Cooper went in the second round to the Dodgers, the Rangers took a pair of high schoolers in the first round — outfielder Bubba Thompson at 26 and shortstop Chris Seis at 29, and the Astros, picking 15th, took North Carolina pitcher J.B. Bukauskas. And the Rangers beat the Astros in Houston, 6-1.

TODAY: The MLB draft continues. The Rangers play the Astros again in Houston, at 7:10. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies in open session at the Senate (1 p.m., pick your cable news channel).

TOMORROW: It’s the Astros and Rangers again in Houston, at 7:10. And happy birthday, Donald Trump. Seventy-one.

June 13 has a sports history. On this date, Chuck Noll died (2014); Matt Cain pitched the first perfect game in San Francisco Giants history, against the Houston Astros (2012); Scotty Bowman won his NHL-record ninth Stanley Cup as a coach, then retired (2002); Cleveland’s Dennis Martinez threw a no-hitter against Baltimore, 11-0 (1995); Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg retired (1994); Frank Deford’s “The National,” the first national all-sports daily newspaper, ceased publication (1991); Babe Ruth gave his farewell address to Yankee Stadium — he’d die on Aug. 16 (1948); and the very first night game at Boston’s Fenway Park was played, a 5-3 Red Sox win over the White Sox (1947).

Today’s sports birthdays: Former Texas A&M and Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Sam Adams (44); Hannah Storm (55) and Falcons coach Mike Smith (58). Other notables: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (31); Chris Evans (36) and Ally Sheedy (55).

TRIVIA: Kevin Durant became the third player in NBA history to be named Finals MVP in his first year with his team. Who were the first two? (Answer’s at the end of Breakfast.)

Three prominent recent Longhorns golfers all have histories at the U.S. Open. Jordan Spieth (left) won it in 2015, Beau Hossler (middle) tied for 29th while still a high schooler in 2012, and Scottie Scheffler (right) fired a first-round 1-under last year. (AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF)

TOP OF THE MENU: Golf.

Kirk Bohls had a nice piece today on UT junior Scottie Scheffler, who will play in his second straight U.S. Open as an amateur when golf’s second major tees off on Thursday. Playing in his first Open last year as a 19-year old Longhorns sophomore, Scheffler wowed just about everybody when he shot a 1-under 69 in the first round. He’d go on to miss the cut, though, done in by his second-round 78 that had him at plus-7.

Still, for one round, Scheffler was one of the big storylines from Oakmont. He joins Jordan Spieth and Beau Hossler as Longhorns who have left their mark on the major. Spieth, two months after winning the Masters, won it in 2015 by one stroke over Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen; at 21, he became the youngest U.S. Open champion in 92 years, going back to Bobby Jones in 1923. Hossler, then a 17-year-old California high schooler wearing a UT shirt and visor, also became a huge storyline at the 2012 Open at The Olympic in San Francisco; he finished tied for 29th, one shot behind Matt Kuchar and two off Spieth and Tiger Woods. And then there was Scheffler’s 2016 first round that saw him tied for fourth after Day 1.

RELATED: Our story on Beau Hossler right before last year’s NCAAs and his decision to go pro

RELATED: Kirk Bohls on the state of Jordan Spieth’s game during this year’s Masters

Hossler, who turned pro last year, isn’t in this week’s field. There are four Longhorns playing at Erin Hills — Spieth, Scheffler, Jhonattan Vegas and Brandon Stone.

How do Spieth, Hossler and Scheffler stack up with each other?

 JORDAN SPIETHBEAU HOSSLERSCOTTIE SCHEFFLER
Age232220
Height6-16-16-3
Years at Texas2011-122013-152014-present
Year he went pro20122016Not yet
Pro wins1200
Majors history2 wins, 1 runner-up2 U.S. Opens (T-29th in 2012)1 U.S. Open (shot a 1-under 69 in 2016 first round)
Best U.S. OpenWon it in 2015Tied for 29th in 20121st-round 69 in 2016
Top UT momentWon the 2011 NCAA team title2 top-10 NCAA individual finishesTied for 2nd in 2017 Big 12 championship; two-time NCAA individual competitor
High school claim to fame2-time U.S. Junior Amateur winnerTied for 29th at the 2012 U.S. Open as a 16-year-old22nd at Byron Nelson; 3-time UIL Class 4A titleist

Vegas, playing with Yuta Ikeda and Sean O’Hair, tees off at 8:07 a.m., the third group of the day; Spieth, playing with Martin Kaymer and Dustin Johnson, tees off at 9:35; Stone, playing with Troy Merritt and Chris Wood, tees off at 1:41 p.m.; and Scheffler, playing with Russell Henley and Harris English, tees off at 2:25.

AROUND THE BIG 12: TCU’s trip this week to the College World Series confirms that the Horned Frogs’ baseball program belongs among the nation’s elite, wrote Gil Lebreton of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The S-T’s Mac Engel also wrote about the College World Series, raising the point that Oregon State star pitcher Mark Heimlich — a registered sex offender — should not be allowed to play in the CWS. The Waco Tribune Herald had a nice read on longtime Baylor athletic trainer Mike Sims, who’s retiring next week after spending the last 42 years there. He’s worked 476 straight games under eight different head coaches. Texas Tech’s star baseball signee, Carlsbad, N.M. pitcher Trevor Rogers, was taken with the 13th pick of Monday’s MLB draft by the Miami Marlins; the 6-6, 200-pound 19-year old is expected to sign for an estimated $3.8 million. Monday was a newsy day around the Oklahoma athletic department — new Sooners football coach Lincoln Riley got an early big win when he flipped four-star defensive end Ron Tatum away from Texas, and OU is parting ways with baseball coach Pete Hughes after four years; he led the Sooners to the NCAA tournament but they lost six of their last seven games.

AROUND THE HORNS:

Football: New Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley flipped one of Texas’ 12 commitments on Monday — defensive end Ron Tatum, from Putnam City, Okla. He was the 86th overall rated prospect in the country for 2018, and the No. 4-ranked strong-side defensive end. Texas’ national class ranking dropped from No. 4 to No. 5 on 247Sports’ composite ratings. And former Buffalo Bills defensive back Aaron Williams will visit the Houston Texans , according to the Houston Chronicle.

Texas baseball player Morgan Cooper Answer questions from the local news media before preparing for his first practice of Texas’ 2017 baseball season with their new head coach David Pierce at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Friday, January 27, 2017. RICARDO B.BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Baseball: RHP Morgan Cooper was taken by the Dodgers in the second round of Monday’s MLB amateur draft. Two 2017 signees also were taken — Arlington Martin outfielder Tristen Lutz (34th overall, Milwaukee) and Canadian pitcher Landon Leach (37th, Minnesota). They all have until July 15 to decide whether to sign with their teams or be Longhorns.

Women’s basketball: Texas will play LSU and Washington at the Thanksgiving Shootout in Las Vegas, it was announced Monday. Texas-LSU will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 24 — that’s Friday, the day after Thanksgiving — and Texas-Washington will be Saturday, Nov. 25 at 3:15 p.m. LSU went 20-12 this past season; Washington was 29-6 and a Sweet 16 team.

Men’s track and field: Eleven Longhorns have earned All-American honors by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, including first-teamers Carlton Anumnu (400 relay), Charles Anumnu (400 relay), Aldrich Bailey (400 relay), Senoj-Jay Givans (100, 200, 400 relay) and Wolf Mahler (decathlon). Bailey also made second-team All-American in the 200 and 400, as did Spencer Dunkerley-Offor (110 hurdles), Barrett Poth (pole vault), Byron Robinson (400 hurdles), Steele Wasik (decathlon) and O’Brien Wasome (long jump). John Burt (110 hurdles) was an honorable mention selection.

Women’s track and field: Nine Longhorns earned USTFCCCA All-American kudos, including first-teamers Rushelle Burton (100 hurdles), Haley Crouser (javelin), Teahna Daniels (100), Serenity Douglas (1600 relay), Zola Golden (1600 relay), Chrisann Gordon (400, 1600 relay) and Ariel Jones (400 hurdles, 1600 relay). Burton also was a second-team selection in the 1600 relay, along with Daniels (400 relay) and Golden (400 relay). Daniels was an honorable mention selection in the 200, as was Kally Long (pole vault) and Ashley Miller (100 hurdles).

On June 13, 1997: Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was sentenced to death. He was executed four years later.

On June 13, 1970: “The Long and Winding Road” became The Beatles’ final No. 1 song; they had broken up two months before.

On June 13, 1967: Thurgood Marshall was nominated by President Lyndon B. Johnson to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court; he would become the Court’s first black justice when he was confirmed a month-and-a-half later.

Trivia answer: Kevin Durant, who was named NBA Finals MVP, joined the Lakers’ Magic Johnson and the 76ers’ Moses Malone as the only players in NBA history to be named Finals MVP in the first year with their team.

OK, Breakfast is over. Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

Best U.S. Open Won it in 2015                    T-29th in 2012                      1st-round 69 in 2016

 

 

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