Power’s hopes blow away as high winds suspend play at Pebble

Ronan MacNamara

Seamus Power (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

After last Monday’s dramatic Dubai duel on the DP World Tour, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am faces the prospect of a Monday finish after strong winds suspended round three and the stoppage in play might prove timely for Seamus Power.

Having moved to within one shot of Keith Mitchell at the top of the leaderboard on ten-under-par, Power dropped four shots in three holes including a baffling double-bogey on the par-4 4th hole (his 13th) which was sandwiched between bogeys to fall six shots off the pace.

The Waterford native inexplicably three-putted for a six from four and a half feet after pushing his par effort, dragging his bogey attempt left with very little care before holing the longest putt of the three for a double.


As the horn sounded, Power fell back to six-under with bucket hat wearing Peter Malnati leading on twelve-under. A bucket hat shouldn’t augur well in the gale force winds but at six-under through twelve holes he was doing just fine around Pebble Beach.

Power who after seven opening pars got moving with three birdies in four, will return to the par-5 6th at Pebble Beach with an 18-foot birdie effort to get back to seven-under and give himself a chance of winning on Sunday evening if not Monday.

Presently, Malnati leads Keith Mitchell and Joseph Bramlett who is partnering Gareth Bale in the pro-am by two strokes and while most of the field appeared to be struggling he was in a league of his own carding a hat trick of birdies on two occasions to storm into the lead.

“It was great. I got to play eight holes before the weather got bad. So that was nice. Pebble’s, it’s hard if you’re out of position, but it’s gettable if you’re playing well. I’ve been playing pretty well this week, which is nice. Then made the turn and made three birdies into the wind on 1, 2, 3. Which 1 and 2 are kind of protected, so that’s nice.

“I don’t know, I mean, golf’s so hard and it’s been so hard for me, but it’s clicking a little bit this week and it feels really good.”

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