Power goes from 1-1 to 6-6 as poor driving costs him dear

Ronan MacNamara

Seamus Power (Photo by Courtney Culbreath/Getty Images)

Seamus Power will go away from the Masters with a lot of crystal in his suitcase after he eagled the par-5 2nd to follow up his back-to-back holes in one in Wednesday’s par-3 contest.

However, he was brought swiftly back down to earth with successive double bogeys to close out his round. Power would have dreamt of 66 but not in the way it materialised.

In the end it was a disappointing one-over 73 which leaves him eight shy of early leader Viktor Hovland.


“Yeah, it was a bit of a struggle all day, but obviously kind of caught up with me there on the last two. But besides that it was some good stuff. But I didn’t drive it well all day and just kind of made some mistakes. That’s about it.

“Yeah, did a lot of things right, just didn’t drive it well. It’s tough around here when you’re not hitting it in the spots you need to off the tee, so I need to go figure something out on the range.”

The Waterford man recovered from an opening bogey with an eagle at the par-5 2nd to add to his already glistening week and having dropped a shot on 10 he responded excellently with three birdies in five holes including reaching the lengthened par-5 13th in two.

However, things went awry for the two-time PGA Tour winner who went into all sorts of trouble up the left hand side of 17 and 18 which cost him four shots in two holes.

“17, I got a bad lie on the face of the bunker and it didn’t come out far enough and it came back off the right side of the green. And, yeah, just kind of misread a bogey putt in the end, actually. But hit a good recovery shot actually from the left and then just got a bad lie up in the face of the bunker.

“18, I hit it left again and then I had to chip out kind of sideways and backwards. Then, yeah, I thought I actually hit a really cool pitch like across the green, thought it was going to come back down. But it got stuck in the first fringe and just stayed there.

“It could be a very different golf course by the time we see it tomorrow. I think that’s going to be a big part of it. But, no, I have a good plan for stuff, just kind of have to hit it a little bit better. Putter feels great which is always a nice feeling, always feel like you have a chance. So I think just continue to do that and just hit a few better drives.”


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