SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Beau Hossler used a practice round with his idol, Phil Mickelson, to build confidence early in the week at the U.S. Open.
Then, the 17-year-old in braces shot an even-par 70 at Olympic Club in the first round Thursday and was six shots better than Mickelson, a four-time major champion.
Hossler, the first high school player since the early 1950s to qualify for consecutive U.S. Opens, wasn't surprised in the least by his own performance in front of dozens of family members and friends who made the trip from Orange County.
"Not at all," said Hossler, …