Seamus Power’s charge to the top hit a bogey, bogey brick wall late in his round on day two of the World Wide Technology Mayakoba Championship in Mexico.
The newly-crowned double PGA Tour winner commenced his round at four-under and while he dropped a shot at the first, and the equal hardest on the course, the Waterford golfer moved into the overtaking lane in the $US 8.2m with birdies at two, four, five and the par-5 seventh to make the turn at seven-under on the rain-softened El Camaleon course at Riviera Mayo.
Power then superbly found his way into a share of seventh with birdies at the 11th and 13th holes only to drop a shot at the 14th and then take a third bogey of his round at the par-4 16th.
Power pared his closing two holes to walk off dropping to a share of 22nd at seven-under.
The Waterford man will commence moving day 9 shots adrift of the lead held by Russell Henley who carded another 63 and heads the field by three into the weekend.
Fellow American Sam Ryder, who shares second place at 13-under, enjoyed the clubhouse lead for much of the afternoon putting himself in frame for a maiden Tour win.
This week is Ryder’s 143rd Tour event since making his debut in just one event on the 2016/17 schedule.
And the player who shares the same name as the founder of golf’s Ryder Cup, has enjoyed two seconds and also four third-place results in his Tour career as he continues to strive for a maiden taste of success.
However Ryder again set about that quest by producing a bizarre cheese-and-chalk two rounds. He was on fire over the outward half producing a blistering eight-under 29 but in a complete turnaround, Ryder came home with a one-over 36 for his round of 65, and under continuing ‘preferred lie’ rules.
“I came out and just didn’t really miss much on the front, was playing really solid, driving it well, making some putts is always nice, had one chip-in, pretty simple,” said Ryder.
“Then I kind of just got a little loose on the back and this place kind of, with a little bit more wind, it can be a little bit nervier off the tee.
“So, I think I just, I kind of got a little out of sync there, but I managed it pretty well. And it was kind of the tale of two nines for me, but all in all, I’m pretty happy with the way I got it around and just going to kind of continue to keep doing what I’m doing.”
Seamus Power is paired with Robert Streb for round three and will tee off at 15:45 Irish time.
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