The rug was pulled from under Seamus Power’s title challenge on moving day at the John Deere Classic.
The West Waterford golfer looked to have picked up where he left off on Friday with two birdies in his first three holes yesterday evening and even after making a bogey on 8, he was still one-under to turn and at nine-under for the championship – hovering in an extremely healthy position ahead of a back-nine assault on the leaders.
However it all changed on the par-5 10th where Power found trouble down the left, was only able to hack at his ball in the high hay before compounding the errors and finding water in a double-bogey that ratted the smiling Olympian.
A bogey on 11 did little to improve things and although he looked to have rode out the storm with a fine birdie at the par-3 16th, there was more trouble brewing at his penultimate hole.
Up by the green in two, Power took five to get into the hole on the par-5 17th with an exclamation point attached to the nightmare with another bogey coming at the last.
All up, it was a damaging four-over par 75 to finish out a day that saw Power drop 50 places down the board to a tie for 61st ahead of this evening’s final round.
Without such worries are Cameron Tringale and Andrew Landry who topped the leaderboard Saturday, with a half-dozen guys right behind them.
Winless on the PGA Tour Tringale shot a 6-under 65 to match Landy at 16-under 197 at TPC Deere Run. Landry had a 67.
“Some golf courses you can leaderboard watch, but this is not one of them,” said Landry, with eight players within two shots of the lead. “You want to stay with your game plan.”
Bill Haas, the 2011 FedExCup champion, and Adam Schenk were a stroke back. Haas shot a 64, tying the best round of the day. Schenk had a 66.
Nick Watney also had a 64 to join 2016 winner Ryan Moore (65), Dylan Frattelli (65) and Vaughn Taylor (66) at 14 under. Chris Stroud (66), Lucas Glover (69) and Roger Sloan (67) were 13 under.
Second-round leader Jhonattan Vegas stumbled to a 76 and fell to 8 under.
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