"Looking back, I felt like I played really well today," Spieth said. "I hit most of the fairways and most of the greens, and my putter felt good. I only missed one or two shots, so that's just what a U.S. Open does."
Regardless of how Spieth plays in the final round, he already has secured something more valuable. By making the cut here at Olympic, he is exempt into the second stage of Q-school in the fall, where he will try to earn his PGA Tour card as an amateur.
"Watching the scores yesterday, that was the main thing on my mind, not necessarily playing on the weekend," said the Dallas native, who just finished his freshman year at Texas.
If Spieth stays another couple years, Hossler will join him on the Longhorns' golf team in the fall of 2013.
On Sunday, Spieth will be in a battle with his future teammate as well as Cantlay for low amateur. It will be an exciting second act.
Farrell Evans covers golf for ESPN and can be contacted at email@example.com.