Apparently, a lengthy major-championship resume isn't a prerequisite at this year's U.S. Open. How else to explain J.B. Park (70) and Alistair Presnell (70), who have never teed it up in our national championship, or Jason Bohn (70), who has played only one?
Beau Hossler made his U.S. Open debut last year at Congressional ... at age 16, with a mouth full of braces, a few weeks after passing his driver's test. He's back at golf's toughest test again this year, only with a new look (he's filled out a 6-foot, 190-pound frame), a new confidence ("I feel comfortable out there"), a new allegiance (he committed to 2012 NCAA champion Texas) and, well, a new result.
Having missed the cut at last year's U.S. Open after rounds of 76-77, the 17-year-old Hossler fired an even-par 70 Thursday to sit four shots back of leader Michael Thompson.
To put Hossler's round into context, consider that Patrick Cantlay, the No. 1-ranked amateur in the world, shot 76 Thursday. So did Phil Mickelson, a fiv...