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Power off to bright start on day one in Puerto Rico

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Seamus Power got off to a bright start with five birdies over his closing 11 holes on the opening day of the Puerto Rico Open.

Power, who turns 34 next Thursday, was out from the 10th hole and after being one-over through seven holes he then birdied his eighth, 11th, 12th, 14th and final hole in his round of a three-under par 69 on the Grand Reserve Country Club course.

The West Waterford professional is contesting the event for a third occasion in his PGA Tour career having missed the cut on debut in 2017 while he was just outside the top-30 a year ago in posting a nine-under par tally. It’s a positive start for Power who is determined to end a run of three missed cuts in this 2020/21 season, with just the one four-rounder in the six events he’s contested since last September – that being a T37th finish six weeks ago at the Bermuda Championship.

Joining Power in the €2.45m event is his 2016 Olympic Games Irish team-mate Padraig Harrington, contesting the event for a first time in his career. Harrington, like Power, was out in the morning half of the draw and also starting from the 10th tee.

Europe’s Ryder Cup captain was one-under par at the turn with three birdies and two bogeys and played the inward half in one under thanks to birdies at 11 and 14 while Harrington bogeyed the 15th for his eventual score of a two-under par 70.

American Robert Garrigus was the early clubhouse leader after signing for a six-under par 66. He was joined at the top by Rafael Campos, Taylor Pendrith and Lee Hodges. South African Branden Grace was already well-placed among a group on five-under.

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