Monday 22 January 2018

Power and Dunne put themselves in contention

Seamus Power. Photo: Getty Images
Seamus Power. Photo: Getty Images

William S Callahan

It's a city whose name is made famous in a Johnny Cash song but it's Seamus Power who is on course to be in the money after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi last night

The Waterford man enjoyed three birdies on his back nine to lie within two shots of the lead in a tournament which has seen three consecutive players break their PGA Tour duck in the past three years. Starting on the back nine, Power handed back one of the two shots he picked up in the early stages with a bogey on the par-four 15th when he missed a par putt from inside five feet.

However, Power maintained his composure with four consecutive pars before three birdies in his final eight holes, including his last, gave him a four-under par tally of 68 to leave him two shots off leader Ryan Armour.

Blot

Fellow Irishman Paul Dunne is in a similar position to strike as he lies three shots off the lead at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai. A late three-putt bogey was the only blot on Dunne's card in the tournament led by US Open champion Brooks Koepka.

Dunne is playing his first World Golf Championships event in the wake of claiming his maiden European Tour title in the British Masters earlier this month.

The 24-year-old from Greystones carded six birdies while his solitary bogey came on the 17th hole, where he three-putted from close range.

Koepka carded seven birdies, an eagle and a solitary bogey at Sheshan International to finish eight-under par, a shot ahead of Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Malaysia's Gavin Green.

Sanderson Farms Championship

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WGC-HSBC Champions

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