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U.S. Open 2012 Leaderboard: Beau Hossler In Contention Despite Being Only 17 Years Old

One of the best stories to come from the 2012 U.S. Open at The Olympic Club has been the emergence of amateur Beau Hossler to the top of the leaderboard. Despite being only 17-years-old, he enters the final round of "gol's toughest test" just four strokes behind leaders Jim Furyk and Graham McDowell and ahead legends such as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

As this USA Today article explains, Hossler's success has come from his confidence, as he has felt that he belongs at the top all weekend. Hossler also explains that he isn't just happy to be where he is after three rounds as he explained to reporters that he felt that he could win the whole tournament.

"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."

The nation's sports fans will turn their eyes toward Hossler when he tees off on hole No. 1 at approximately 5:20 p.m. ET.

A full leaderboard for the tournament can be found HERE.

For all your news and updates throughout the week on the 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic, visit SB Nation's dedicated golf hub. Be sure to head over to USOpen.com for even more coverage from the event.

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