Beau Hossler, a 16-year-old from Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., who qualified for last month's U.S. Open, registered a birdie-birdie finish to shoot 67 and post 9-under 135. He currently leads for stroke-play medalist honors by one stroke over William Starke of Chapin, S.C., who is at eight under with seven holes to play.
Jordan Spieth of Dallas, Texas, the 2009 champion, also has a very strong round going. He is four under for the day through 13 holes. He would need to have a furious finish to catch Hossler or even Starke. But Spieth looks like he'll be safely into the 64-player match-play draw.
Defending champion Jim Liu is currently at five over total and one under for the day through 16 holes. Liu has only had two bad holes, so he could be a tough foe for a high seed.