A torn labrum, four months of rehab and the grueling challenge of surviving the PGA Tour isn’t going to stop Beau Hossler. In fact, he’s just getting warmed up.
In an Instagram post on Thursday, Hossler announced to the world he’s leaving Texas and turning pro. Despite suffering a major left shoulder injury at the NCAA championships in May, one of the world’s top-ranked amateurs still believes he’s ready for bigger challenges.
“It had been the plan the whole time, but I wanted to make sure I felt comfortable and didn’t want to make an emotional decision,” Hossler told the American-Statesman during a phone interview from his home in Mission Viejo, Calif.
“Even with the injury, the way it’s been progressing, as successful as my surgery was and as confident as I am with my physical therapy team, I’m confident I can be ready in a few months.”
Hossler, a junior, currently sits No. 1 in Golfweek’s world amateur men’s rankings. He won the Fred Haskins Award as the nation’s top collegiate golfer – the first Longhorn to win it since 1997 – and was a two-time Big 12 player of the year.
Hossler’s five wins this season was the third-most in school history behind Ben Crenshaw (seven in 1973, six in 1972). Out of 37 rounds this season, Hossler finished under par 29 times and posted two 64s and two 65s.
In many ways, Hossler, 21, has been preparing for this his whole life. He first qualified for the U.S. Open in 2011 and made the cut at the 2012 AT&T National, an event hosted by Tiger Woods.
“I feel like I’ve elevated my game a significant amount, but more than anything, I’ve come full circle mentally,” Hossler said about his time at UT. “I feel like I belong out there on the tour. I have the game to get out there and win tournaments.”
Hossler signed with Hambric Sports Management, a Dallas-based firm that also represents this year’s U.S. Open winner Dustin Johnson. “Needless to say, we are thrilled that Beau has placed his confidence and trust in us,” HSM president David Winkle said in a statement.
Don’t expect to see Hossler in the coming weeks, though. He’s still about three months away from being fully healthy again. While Hossler doesn’t have a specific target return date in mind, early 2017 seems like a strong possibility.
Meanwhile, UT men’s golf coach John Fields would like nothing more than to redecorate his facilities to add Hossler’s picture on the wall inside the UT Golf Club. Next season, Fields is expected to have four players return from the five-man group that lost to Oregon in the NCAA championship.
“I’m really thankful for everything that Texas has given me,” said Hossler, who is about 24 hours from graduating from UT’s McCombs School of Business. “It’s a really special family there at UT, and to have their support from the day I stepped on campus, and I know it will continent throughout my career, it’s been really special.”
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