Seamus Power carded six birdies in a five-under par 65 to muscle his way to a share of sixth place after two rounds of the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis.
The West Waterford man moved to six under par to trail just three shots behind the leading trio of South African Charl Schwartzel (66), American Chez Reavie (65) and Columbian Sebastian Munoz (67), who head the $US 6.4m event on nine-under par.
Despite being a little errant off the tee Power has made up it on the greens recording 28 putts on day one and just 26 putts on day two
Power capped his round with three birdies in succession from his 11th hole but the best hole of his round has to be his par at the ninth, Seamus was playing as his last.
His drive was in the left round while he then flew the green with a pitching wedge landing some 80-feet in rough behind the flag from where Power chipped 11-feet past the flag but then holed the return putt for a par.
“That was a great scramble down the last and a great save as the last thing I was looking to do was to bogey the final hole,” he said,
“Actually, I had two good scrambles near the end of my round as I scrambled well also on seven which was my 16th.
“I had a lot of chances of my first 15 holes and managing to grab my six birdies in the first 13 holes and a lot of those birdies were from six, seven or eight feet.
“So, overall, I am very pleased as I have played some decent golf for two days and I am in a good position going to the weekend”.
Indeed, there is just five shots covering the leading 27 players and with many already, and including Aussie Adam Scott who shot a day two 64, showing that you can go low.
And this is even more so now that the course has dried out from a deluge that struck the course late on Tuesday and sent Power and others from the Memphis course.
“Looking at the leader board no one has gone away with it and it is just one of those golf courses where there is not that many obvious chances for birdies,” he said.
“What I find is the toughest stretch is four through to the ninth and strangely they were the five holes six holes I never played before the event started as we had to leave the course on Tuesday due to the storm and then I missed out on playing the same holes on Wednesday due to not being in the pro-am.
“There is no real let-up there and that is why it was good to get away with a par on nine today.
“But then I am quietly confident there is also a low one in my bag but then the course is only get firmer over the weekend, so they can tuck the pins in anywhere.
“My games feels good and what I have been working on is coming around, so I am going to just hit a few balls on the range and then go get something to eat ahead of some much-needed rest”.
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