Seamus Power began his 2022-23 PGA Tour season with a solid, if not spectacular, opening round at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi.
The Waterford man posted three birdies and two bogeys in a one-under 71 at The Country Club of Jackson to sit in a share of 43rd after day one, five shots back of leaders Davis Riley and Will Gordon.
Power, who is coming off his best season since turning professional where he made his Masters debut and broke into the top-50 in the world rankings, is looking to kick on and go even further this season.
The 35-year-old will hope to pick up his scoring over the next few days, though, while he will hope to have a better day off the tee having hit just over half of his fairways in regulation.
After starting at the 10th, a bogey came at the par-five 14th as he flared his second shot well right and then missed his six-footer for par, but he got that back when he drained a 31-footer for birdie at the par-four 16th.
Power was on track for an even better round when he birdied the par-five third and then drained another monster birdie putt at the par-four sixth – this from 42-feet – but a failed sand save at the par-four ninth resulted in a 71.
That leaves him five back of Riley and Gordon, who both impressed on day one thanks to a pair of six-under 66s, Riley’s bogey-free while Gordon had seven birdies and a solitary bogey.
Their lead is one over a group of seven players at five-under-par, including Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Thomas Detry, while defending champion Sam Burns opened with a two-under 70.