They are champions for a reason. Jim Liu and Jordan Spieth each know how to recover from adversity. Both players started sluggishly, but are making moves on the Olympic Course's inward nine today. Liu, the defending champion, has three birdies and is back to three over with a couple of holes remaining. Spieth, the 2009 winner, made the turn in three over, but quickly made three consecutive birdies before a bogey at No. 13. He quickly birdied No. 14 to get back to even par. He has three holes remaining on his round
Beau Hossler, who qualified for this year's U.S. Open at Congressional C.C., has posted the best round of the day, a 4-under-par 68 that leads Taylor Moore by one stroke.
Keep in mind, the biggest thing for the players over the first two days is to just qualify for match play. Once a player qualifies, anything can happen in match play. Both Spieth, Liu and Hossler figure to be difficult opponents once the head-to-head competition commences on Wednesday.