Power keeps engine ticking over with 67 at John Deere

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Seamus Power continued to move in the right direction at the John Deere Classic, firing seven birdies in a second round four-under 67 to waltz into another PGA Tour weekend looking very much upward.

Having opened from the 10th with a pair of birdies, it was business as usual for the towering West Waterford pro whose third hole bogey was just his second in some 93 holes of golf. He tapped in a routine birdie ‘4’ at his eighth hole of the day to get that shot back before missing a five-and-a-half footer for par to make the turn in two-under 34.

The 34-year old got things up and running with an 11-footer for birdie at the second – his 11th hole of the day – with a six-footer following at his 13th before knocking his approach stiff at the next. Five-under for the day and cruising, Power would miss his approach from the fairway with a wedge at his 15th, leading to a third bogey of his round before three closing pars all added up to 67.

Currently in a tie for 24th, Power is projected to jump two places to 138 on the FedEx standings but he’ll be thinking bigger than that, just six shots back of Luke List’s lead knowing the leading non-exempt player this week will book his tee-time in The Open at Royal St. George’s.

List will prove a tough nut to crack after he moved through to lead on Friday with a stunning eight-under 63 to get to 13-under. The American carded eight birdies and no bogeys and sits one clear of Sebastian Munoz and two clear of a seven-way tie for third.

List is still looking for his breakthrough win on Tour but has a whole different perspective around the importance of that since his son, Harrison, who was only born last month, had to go back the hospital because of a respiratory virus that had him intubated for a few days and in intensive care for two weeks.

“It was tough, but it’s been amazing to come back,” List said, who stayed home the last two weeks to help with their two-year-old daughter. “Everyone has been asking and praying and thinking about us, so it’s kind of cool. It’s a big family out here, and it’s nice to know that you’ve got everyone’s support when it’s not going great.”

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