Seamus Power carried on from where he jubilantly left off last Sunday, producing a rock-solid four-under 67 on the opening day of the World Wide Technology Mayakoba Championship at the Riviera Maya on the Mexican Caribbean coastline.
Power’s effort handed the now double PGA Tour champ an early clubhouse share of 14th place, as the threat of worsening weather over the afternoon looked likely to halt play in the $US8.2m event.
In fact, the heavens opened shortly after Power ended his round but not before it was again another PGA Tour day of low-scoring with Power among some 20 players (at the time of his finishing) to have produced four-under rounds of better.
Power was off from the 10th tee and soon jumped on the birdie train with three birdies in his opening six holes, moving to four-under with a birdie at his 11th. The Waterford golfer dropped his only shot at his 12th but then regained the shot with a fifth birdie of his day at his 17th.
American Will Gordon was in the comfort and dryness of the clubhouse, showing the way with a sizzling nine-under 62 thanks to an eagle, eight birdies but also a bogey.
Just two shots back is the US-based Italian Francesco Molinari. The 2018 Open champ and hero later that same year at the Ryder Cup, is returning to competition for a first time since sharing 15th place just over three months ago at the 150th Open.
Molinari, who has slipped to World No. 153, capped his seven-under 64 with four birdies in succession from his 13th to 16th holes.
“I played well. I chipped and putted really well, which you have to do, to go that low,” said Molinari.
“Yeah, the game was pretty good. I think I can hit the ball off the tee a little better, but even the misses were in play, which is I think one of the keys here, not to get any penalty shots.
“Hopefully I can do the same for the rest of the week.”
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