Power takes advantage of moving day to take strides up Sanderson Farms leaderboard

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Seamus Power (Photo By Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Seamus Power has given himself a chance of an impressive finish on his first PGA Tour start of the season at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippi.

The Waterford man posted his best round of the week on moving day as eight birdies and three bogeys led to a five-under 67 that takes him inside the top-25 at the Country Club of Jackson at seven-under-par.

Power only made the cut on the number, surviving a final hole bogey in round two, and made the most of that reprieve with a back nine that only included one par.

The 35-year-old followed up a three-putt bogey at the par-five fifth with back-to-back birdies at the par-four sixth and par-three seventh, the latter of which saw him hole out from 44-feet off the green.

But his scoring went haywire on the back nine, starting with a birdie at the par-three 10th but following it up with a bogey at the par-five 11th after finding water with his second shot.

Another birdie from off the green, this time from 30-feet at the par-four 12th, was followed by another bogey at the par-three 13th before Power found a consistent scoring touch with birdies at each of his next four holes.

Despite nearly chipping in for a fifth straight birdie at the 18th, settling for a par and a 67 instead, the former Barbasol champion is in a position to make a run for the top-10 on Sunday, which looked unlikely midway through his second round.

He is likely too far back to challenge for the title, with Mark Hubbard leading the way at 15-under-par after a bogey-free seven-under 65 in his third round, with six of his seven birdies coming on his back nine.

Canada’s Mackenzie Hughes is only one shot back after a 68 took him to 14-under, with Garrick Higgo, Scott Stallings and Sepp Straka all still within touching distance at 12-under.

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