Seamus Power fired a four-under par round of 68 around Spyglass Hill as he looks to make the most of his visit to the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
The West Waterford professional is playing off conditional status on the PGA Tour this term and knows the importance of taking advantage of his limited starts.
After returning an even par round at Pebble Beach on day one, the Olympian was much more free-flowing on day two where he found six birdies in a round that saw him move to four-under for the tournament and up nearly 40 places into a tie for 35th.
Power will take on Monterey Peninsula on moving day which also presents plenty of birdie opportunities before Saturday’s cut which will see those remaining tackle Pebble Beach once more ahead of what promises to be a grandstand finish given some of the names in contention.
Sadly, both Padraig Harrington at even (70/73) and Graeme McDowell at two-over (70/75) will struggle to be there after failing to catch fire to the halfway point.
That hasn’t been an issue for Nick Taylor who birdied four of his last five holes at Pebble Beach on Friday for a 66 to take his first 36-hole lead on the PGA Tour at 14-under par.
Jason Day received a warm reminder at Pebble Beach how good it feels to hit shots the way he wants, make a bunch of putts and see his name high on the leaderboard.
Day made two long birdie putts across the green, holed a 40-yard wedge for eagle on the dangerous par-5 14th, made a couple of big par saves and moved into contention with an 8-under 64 – he trails Taylor by two at 12-under.
“I feel like it’s been a long time since I’ve actually been out there and felt the way that I felt out there today and played well like that,” Day said.
Defending champion Phil Mickelson also got in the mix with a burst of four straight birdies after the turn at Monterey Peninsula. He made bogey on the long par-3 ninth to finish his round of 7-under. He was three shots behind.
Mickelson has not had a top 10 on the PGA Tour since winning at Pebble Beach last year, though he finished third last week at the Saudi International and carried a little momentum into the event he has won five times.
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