Seamus Power finds himself just seven points back with a weekend to play at the modified stableford scoring Barracuda Championship.
The unique PGA Tour event awards players five points for eagles, two for birdies, nothing for pars, minus-one for bogeys and minus-three for double bogeys or worse.
Power had to recover from one of those three point hits after he double-bogeyed his very first hole but four birdies and another dropped shot saw him return a score of +4 (70) on the day for a 15 point total.
The Waterford professional finds himself in a tie for 16th with the top two from the top 10, not already eligible, receiving spots in the US Open in September at Winged Foot.
Kyle Stanley is in pole position after he returned a 14-point haul on Friday.
Stanley had a 22-point total for a two-stroke lead over Matthias Schwab, Robert Streb and Branden Grace in high altitude at Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood Course.
“Actually, I’m not sure what I shot,” said Stanley, who fired a five-under 66.. “It’s kind of the weird, the format out here. You’re kind of focusing more on points than you are what your score is. But I had another eagle today, which was nice. I had one yesterday. That really helped my point total.”
“I’ve been driving it well,” added the 32-year old. “It’s kind of fun, this opportunity to kind of swing away. We have some shorter par 4s out here so you can make a go at some of those, a little bit of risk-reward. And just kind of kept the ball in front of me and a pretty clean round of golf.”
With a win Stanley will earn a place in next week’s PGA Championship field.
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