Sunday 19 May 2019

Power faces nervous wait in New Orleans

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

Brian Keogh

Seamus Power looks set to miss out on the chance to rack up more valuable FedExCup standings at the weather-delayed Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The West Waterford man and his Canadian playing partner David Hearn followed a 68 in the fourballs with another 68 in the second round foursomes at TPC Louisiana last night, leaving them in danger of missing the halfway cut when the second round is completed today. Power holed a 16 footer for eagle at the par-five second before they picked up birdies at the fourth, seventh and 11th to move into the top 15.

But a bogey at the 16th stopped their momentum and while Hearn made a nine-footer for par at the short 17th, they could only par the par-five 18th.

They ended their day tied for 26th on eight-under par with only the top 35 and ties making the cut and with half the field yet to complete their second rounds.

Brian Gay and Rory Sabbatini set the pace when the first round was completed yesterday, carding a 12-under 60 as Shane Lowry and Pádraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell and Henrik Stenson opened with seven-under 65's. While there are no world ranking points or Masters exemptions on offer for the winners, there are valuable FedExCup points up for grabs

On the European Tour, Michael Hoey, Paul Dunne and Gavin Moynihan survived two tough days to make the cut in the Trophée Hassan II in Morocco.

Hoey birdied two of his last four holes to share 30th on one-under par, carding a level-par 73 that left him six strokes behind Americans David Lipsky and Sean Crocker on one-over on the punishing Red Course at Royal Dar Es Salam.

Dunne didn't make a birdie in a two-over 75 and shared 42nd on two-over with Moynihan, who was thrilled to post a brace of 74s to make the weekend, having admitted he was "on 90-watch" after soaring to five-over after three holes of his first round.

"Delighted to be here for the weekend in Morocco after the start I had yesterday," Moynihan tweeted. "Pure graft today."

In the Ladies European Tour's Lalla Meryem Cup on the adjacent Blue Course, Leona Maguire battled back from her opening 76 by making an eagle, five birdies and five bogeys in a two-under 71 to move up to tied 11th on one-over.

She was just eight behind Spain's Nuria Iturrios, who shot 71 to head the first-round leader Lina Boqvist by one shot and determined to battle on in her quest to her place in the AIG Women's British Open.

"It's not an easy golf course, and you don't have to do a lot wrong to rack up quite a few bogeys," said Maguire, who holed her third shot for eagle at her second hole, the par-five 11th. Twin sister Lisa was cut after rounds of 81 and 86.

Scoring was red-hot in the Turkish Airlines Challenge where just two of the seven Irish starters made the five-under-par cut.

Derry's Ruaidhri McGee shot a second successive 66 to share fifth place on 12-under, four strokes behind Dane Mark Haastrup (35), whose bogey-free, 11-under 61 gave him a two-shot lead over Adrian Meronk and Matthew Jordan.

Naas' Conor O'Rourke was tied 19th on nine-under after a 67, but Paul McBride followed his opening 66 with a 74 to miss out by one with Cormac Sharvin, Robin Dawson, Jonny Caldwell and Gary Hurley also missing out.

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