"He has the ability, I think, to stay calm in uncalm situations," Hossler's father said. "In Little League he was always calm, too. He doesn't get too high or too low, he just rolls with the punches."
That kind of attitude got him to the top of the Open leaderboard, even if it was short-lived. It got him some television time, and some reporters who wanted to ask him questions afterward.
He's not going to win the Open, something he seems to realize. His goal is still to be low amateur, and he's got a five-shot lead over the other two amateurs to make the cut, Patrick Cantlay, who used to beat him regularly in the Los Angeles area, and Jordan Spieth.
And, of course, there are the Open perks that will continue through the weekend.
"I find this kind of weird, but the free dry cleaning in there, that's pretty sweet," he said.
Add a few more shirts to the next order. Because Hossler is playing the weekend in the U.S. Open.
Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg(at)ap.org