Seamus Power fired a four-under par 68 to keep his hopes of securing a PGA Tour card just about alive at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship.
The West Waterford professional will likely need a podium finish this week if he’s to sneak into the top-25 on the money list guaranteed their status for next year.
After posting a disappointing even par round on day one, he came alive on Saturday at Victoria National as he bids to make a late charge through the field with 36-holes to play.
Five birdies in all was a good return for Power who moved 32 places up the leaderboard into a tie for 32nd at minus-four, however that only projects him into 68th spot on the money-list, with a Houdini act required over the final two days’ play to ensure he once again escapes with his PGA Tour status intact.
At the top, Chris Baker used a second-round 69 at Victoria National Golf Club to take the 36-hole lead.
Lanto Griffin and Tom Lewis sit two shots off the pace at 10-under 134, while Joseph Bramlett and Kramer Hickok sit three strokes back at 9-under 135.
Baker struggled out of the gate on Saturday playing his first four holes at 1 over. The Brownstown, Indiana, native rebounded with birdies on Nos. 14 and 15 but gave a shot back after a bogey at the par-3 16th. Despite the stumble, he bounced back with a birdie at the par-4 17th to make the turn at 10-under for the week.
After another slow start on his second nine, Baker caught the spark he needed after holing his second shot from 134-yards at the par-4 eighth. He followed the eagle with a birdie at the last to finish at 12-under for the week.
“Gosh, that was pretty cool,” Baker said of his eagle on Saturday. “I had 134 [yards] I believe to a back left pin, hit wedge. It flew about two paces, a pace and a half back behind the hole and spun back in.”
Baker, who had a hole-out eagle Friday, finds himself in a familiar position at the top of the leaderboard through 36-holes. Earlier this season, he held the 36-hole lead at the Country Club de Bogotá Championship eventually finishing T51.
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