Beau Hossler tied his career-low round on the PGA Tour with a 9-under 62, in spite of a bogey at the penultimate hole, to take a one-shot lead at the Shriners Children's Open.
"It was good. I felt like I did everything well. I imagine statistically I was probably gaining strokes in every department, which is obviously a good thing for my confidence moving forward.
"Got the ball in play, hit some really nice wedges to close range, which was nice, and took advantage of the par-5s and the drivable hole, which I think out here is kind of the key."
The American entered the week No. 57 in the FedExCup Fall standings. Nos. 51-60 in the standings at the conclusion of The RSM Classic will qualify for two Signature Events in 2024 via The Next 10 (AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, The Genesis Invitational).
J.T. Poston carded a 63, his lowest score on Tour since he shot the same score in the third round of the 2022 Shriners Children’s Open where he finished T20.
Tied alongside Poston in second place is a bogey-free Cameron Champ who recorded his third top-10 of the season at last week's Sanderson Farms Championship.
Lanto Griffin and Davis Thompson round-out the all-American top-5 after 64s to tie for fourth at 7-under.
American Lexi Thompson made her PGA Tour debut on Thursday, the seventh woman to compete on Tour and first since Brittany Lincicome at the 2018 Barbasol Championship.
She was 1-over through 16 holes with a 20-foot, 8-inch par putt at No. 17 to play when play was suspended.
"It's been great so far this whole week. Everybody has been so welcoming and just a huge honor just to be able to tee it up here. There's more to it than just golf. Shriners does amazing things for these kids, so I'm happy to be out here and supporting them in any way I can.
"I played decent. I had one bad hole and a few iffy shots. But it's golf; it was kind of expected."