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U.S. Open 2012 Leaderboard: Amateur Beau Hossler Emerges As One To Watch During Final Round

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Although he is just 17 years old, amateur golfer Beau Hossler finds himself in contention for the 2012 U.S. Open.

After finding himself atop the leaderboard for a time on Friday, he followed up that performance by shooting an even par round on Saturday and currently sits behind leaders Jim Furyk and Graham McDowell by four strokes. He is ahead of idols Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson on the leaderboards on Sunday.

How has he done this? As a USA Today article explains, Hossler came into the weekend with a tremendous amount of confidence that has seen him through the first three rounds. When asked about whether or not he could win the whole thing after his round Saturday, he said:

"Absolutely," said Hossler, who earned a standing ovation from spectators above the historic 18th green. "There's not a doubt in my mind. Got to go out there and do everything right mentally and physically. But it's definitely out there for me."

Hossler will look to acheive the impossible when he tees off at 5:20 p.m. ET.

The full tournament leaderboard can be found here.

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