Wednesday 17 July 2019

'For me a win would be absolutely huge' - Seamus Power looks to back up second round surge

Waterford star charges into contention with sizzling 66 as Sharvin leads Irish challenge

Seamus Power plays from the rough on the 14th during yesterday’s second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photo: Thos Caffrey / Golffile
Seamus Power plays from the rough on the 14th during yesterday’s second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photo: Thos Caffrey / Golffile
Padraig Harrington. Photo: Sportsfile

Brian Keogh in Lahinch

Seamus Power can become the "prize bull" in Lahinch after a sizzling 66 saw him charge into contention at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

But it's a Challenge Tour player, Derry native Cormac Sharvin, who leads the Irish challenge on five-under par after a 69 yesterday - just four shots behind South African raider Zander Lombard.

Power, after a raft of early dropped shots, roared home in 30 blows to join Pádraig Harrington on four under par, just five shots behind Lombard.

West Waterford star Power (32) has returned from the US PGA Tour for a one-off appearance and he thrilled not only the 18,841 strong crowd, but his No 1 fan - a club-mate nicknamed the 'Prize Bull'.

"He's gas - that's David Morrissey," Power said with a grin after a crowd packed with West Waterford fans wearing green caps had cheered him all the way to the finish.

Asked if he could become the prize bull himself tomorrow, he laughed and said: "Hopefully on Sunday, but not yet. There are a couple of them well ahead of me in that category."

Power was thrilled to come back from a nightmare start after slipping to three-over for the round when he double-bogeyed the Klondyke.

But he birdied the seventh and then made five birdies in six holes from the 10th before closing with a birdie at the last to claw his way onto the fringes of contention with no pressure on him to keep his card in Europe as he's not a member of the tour.

He said: "There are two rounds to go and that's a long way to go but you have to see if you can get yourself in contention after tomorrow. For me, I can kind of freewheel it to a certain extent, I'm going to really go after it.

"I'm not in the same place as a lot of the players who are looking for points and stuff for Race for Dubai; for me it's like a win would be absolutely huge. So tomorrow it's hit a lot of good shots and see if I can get myself in a good spot going into Sunday."

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