and Kevin Merfeld
Beau Hossler now officially means business.
The 17-year-old Orange County kid with a mouth full of braces had repeated his U.S. Open goal all week: be the low amateur at Olympic Club.
Saturday, after his roller-coaster bogey-birdie ride across the slippery Lake Course put him among the top 10, even the soon-to-be Rancho Santa Margarita High senior couldn't help but boost those expectations.
"Today I feel like I've put myself in position to win the championship if I play well," said Hossler, whose even-par 70 left him among six tied for eighth.
Those packing the hillsides at Olympic made sure the youngster was well supported all day long. And Hossler supported himself by making sure that every time he made bogey, he bounced right back.
Bogey No. 3, birdie No. 4. Bogey No. 6, birdie No. 7. Bogey No. 11, birdie No. 12. Bogey No. 13, birdie No. 14.
"I didn't realize I had done that, but it's what I strive for. It's huge," Hossler said. "You can easily have a bogey train out there."
Hossler scrambled like a player beyond his years. His biggest moment might've been keeping his wayward drive on 13 from becoming more than a bogey.
"Double bogeys really kill you," he said. "And fortunately I was able to salvage bogey, but it actually felt like a birdie there."
For good measure, Hossler slipped in one more actual birdie on 14, then let loose with a first pump as the crowd roared its
"That was pretty sweet. We had a good read on that," he said. "I can't tell you how much I appreciate the support from everybody out there. Not only my family and friends from home, but all the people in the Bay Area. It's really special."
What could be more special? A victory at the U.S. Open. Can he do it?
"Absolutely," Hossler said. "There's no doubt in my mind."
It brought him back up the leader board and triggered a moment of awkward celebration for Team Peterson.
"I tried to chest bump my caddie and missed," he said. "And I think I hit his head."
A bogey on No. 12 briefly set back Jacobson, but he birdied No. 17 to grab third place by himself.
"I knew before the round that if I could put a good number up today, I most likely could give myself a chance for tomorrow," said the 37-year-old Swede, who shot 72-71 his first two rounds.
"I feel I played unbelievably well the first 12, 14 holes," said the 29-year-old from Belgium. "The plan was obviously to start well on these few holes, gave myself a few very good birdie chances."
Colsaerts was nipped by back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 14 and 15 to slide back to 2-over and a tie for fourth.
And he's making the most of it.
Chappell was the only player in the field without a bogey Saturday, shooting a 2-under 68 to climb into a tie for eighth.
"It was as easy as I could make it," Chappell said.