... Beau Hossler, the nation's No. 1 college golfer, is "a game-time decision" with an injured left shoulder for today's match play final against Oregon at the NCAA Men's Golf Championship in Eugene (4:10 pm CT - Golf Channel live coverage at 5 pm CT).
Here's a link to the full interview myself and Sean Adams did with John Fields on AM 1300 The Zone ...
Fields, though, said the rest of the team - Gavin Hall, Doug Ghim, Scottie Scheffler and Taylor Funk - are up for the challenge, whether Hossler plays/finishes or not.
"We need three wins. I'd like to get four wins," Fields said. "We've got a big challenge in front of us, but so does Oregon."
"There's a lot of confidence on this team. This is why these guys came to Texas - for the chance to play for and win a national championship. It's right here. Right now."
In 1995, just before facing a Tiger Woods-led Stanford team in a playoff at the NCAA Golf Championship, Oklahoma State had one of its best players - Leif Westerburg - leave (to fly to Europe to play in the British Am). So he missed the playoff, but Mike Holder's OSU team, with only four golfers, beat a Stanford team with Tiger, Notah Begay III and Casey Martin, who is now the coach at Oregon!
Could Texas put Martin in "man-down" purgatory once again?!?!?
I spoke with former Oklahoma State coach Mike Holder today, and he likes Texas against Oregon. He said it only takes 3 points, and he likes UT's four healthy golfers better than Oregon's.
He said there's a psychological advantage for Texas if approached positively, because if UT can get up on Oregon early and put pressure on, it can put doubt in the Ducks' minds that they could lose at home to a team a man down.
Fields also was smart to put Hossler at No. 3. That way, if Texas can get two of the first three points - at No. 1 (Gavin Hall), No. 2 (Scottie Scheffler) or Hossler - the pressure would be on the home team to win both of the last two matches on the course.
Right here. Right now.
Here's the link for live updates today (beginning at 4:10 pm CT):