Power seven back with Eckroat Dou and Palmer tied for lead in Texas

Ronan MacNamara
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Seamus Power (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Seamus Power carded a two-under 69 to remain seven shots adrift of the lead which is now held by Austin Eckroat, Zecheng Dou and home favourite Ryan Palmer heading into the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson in Texas.

Power carded five birdies and three bogeys at TPC Craig Ranch to move to nine-under-par.

At the summit, Eckroat and Dou are searching for maiden PGA TOUR victories while experienced campaigner Palmer will be looking to delight the home crowd.

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The trio are on -16 and two shots ahead of Scottie Scheffler, Jason Day, Is Woo Kim and Vincent Norrman while Tyrrell Hatton is three adrift on thirteen-under.

Eckroat knows a win would be potentially career-changing with PGA TOUR exemptions and a place in next month’s US Open at Oak Hill up of grabs.

“A lot of job security,” Eckroat said. “A lot of things come with winning a PGA TOUR event, and just hoping to get that done.

“It just didn’t really faze me like it normally would. Really happy how I handled that.”

The American carded a low round of the day 63 while Dou and Palmer shot 64 and 68 respectively.

Dou will tee off as final round leader for the first time in his career.

“I think nerves is the same thing as me playing on the Korn Ferry,” Dou said. “You get into it and you’re going to be nervous no matter what.”

Meanwhile, Palmer was proud of the patience he showed on Saturday.

“It was a patient day,” said the 46-year-old Palmer, who grew up in West Texas but lives in the Dallas area. “I knew I was going to be one or two back, worst case. It’s going to be nice to be in the final group again, and we’ll give it our all.”

2022 Masters champion Scheffler struggled to a level-par 71 but he is still breathing down the neck of the leaders.

 

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