Seamus Power was left to rue a bogey at the par-three 17th as he missed out on a place in the weekend by one at the Shriners Children’s Classic in Las Vegas.
The 35-year-old started the day two shots off the mark and had endured a frustrating second round, mixing two birdies with two bogeys, but had pulled himself a shot inside the cut line thanks to back-to-back birdies at the 15th and 16th.
But his tee shot at the penultimate hole found the water and led to a dropped shot which, coupled with a closing par, led to a one-under 70 that left him three-under-par, one shot over the cut line.
It’s Power’s first missed cut since August and follows a solid but unspectacular start to his PGA Tour season at last week’s Sanderson Farms Championship, where he finished tied-30th.
On this occasion, a missed putt from inside eight feet on the opening hole set the tone, and after bogeying the par-four fourth, it took two putts around 35 feet at his next two holes – the latter for birdie at the sixth – to turn in level-par.
Another bogey at the par-four 11th was offset by a birdie at the par-four 12th after a fine approach to five feet, and then it looked like Power had done enough to make the weekend with back-to-back birdies at the short par-four 15th and par-five 16th.
But then came his disaster at 17 and, needing birdie down the final hole, the Waterford man could only watch as his 32 foot putt slid by.
In Power’s absence, Mito Pereira will carry a one-shot lead into the weekend after an eight-under 63 in his second round that consisted of nine birdies and one bogey to set the pace at 12-under-par.
The Chilean’s closest challenger is America’s Robby Shelton, who birdied his final hole on his way to a 63 of his own to reach 11-under, with Korean duo Tom Kim and Si Woo Kim – the latter of whom battled back from a triple-bogey midway through his round – and the USA’s Maverick McNealy at 10-under.
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