Beau Hossler Leads the Way Amidst Gale-Force Winds at the ZOZO Championship
Friday’s round at the ZOZO Championship brought forth challenging conditions as gale-force winds wreaked havoc on the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba, Japan. Despite these brutal conditions, 28-year-old Beau Hossler demonstrated exceptional skill and resilience, taking the lead with a remarkable 5-under 65.
The Battleground Against the Gale Force Winds:
Friday’s ZOZO Championship witnessed swirling winds that frequently blew at a sustained 20 to 30 mph, occasionally reaching gusts of 40 mph. This relentless onslaught of wind posed a significant challenge for the field of 78 players, resulting in only 13 golf players managing to card under-par rounds. The oftentimes treacherous Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club became both a difficult and gettable golf course, testing the skill and determination of the players.
Beau Hossler’s Triumph:
Amidst the chaotic weather conditions, Beau Hossler emerged as one of the standout performers, shooting a brilliant 5-under 65 to secure the solo lead at 7-under for the championship. With confidence in his shots and recent strong form, Hossler showcased his skills on this demanding course. Reflecting on his performance, Hossler expressed both delight and admiration for the quality score he achieved amidst such challenging circumstances.
Others Struggle to Tame the Winds:
The day’s conditions proved particularly difficult for the players, as evidenced by the higher scores. Even Collin Morikawa, who impressed with a bogey-free 6-under 64 on Thursday, succumbed to the harsh winds, making four bogies and a double-bogey on the par-5 14th. Morikawa concluded his second round with a 3-over 73, emphasizing the importance of hitting the fairways and struggling with his lack of accuracy in that aspect.
The Pursuit of Victory:
Hossler may be leading the pack, but he is closely followed by Morikawa, who is four strokes behind. While Hossler looks to secure his first-ever PGA Tour victory, he acknowledges that winning anywhere would be a tremendous achievement. Drawing from his experience leading the 2012 U.S. Open as a 17-year-old, Hossler embraces the opportunity to claim victory this time around.
Hossler’s exceptional performance through the first 36 holes sets the stage for an exciting continuation of the ZOZO Championship. As he tees off alongside Justin Suh and Satoshi Kodaira in the third round, it will be interesting to witness their pursuit of victory amidst the challenging weather conditions. Golf enthusiasts can catch the action on Golf Channel’s coverage.
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