Power finds form in Texas with US Masters spot up for grabs
Seamus Power got off to a fast start in his bid for a Masters spot when he opened with a bogey-free 69 in the Valero Texas Open.
The West Waterford man (32) must win to secure the last invitation for Augusta National next week and he was well-placed, just three shots behind Si Woo Kim, who carded a six-under 66 to lead by a shot from JT Poston and Brian Stuard. Graeme McDowell matched Power's score, while Padraig Harrington birdie 17 to finish level par.
Northern Ireland's Cormac Sharvin and Michael Hoey started well in the Jordan Mixed Open at Ayla where Challenge Tour, Staysure Tour and Ladies European Tour players are playing a mixed 54-hole event,
Sharvin fired a four-under 68 to share 11th place, four strokes behind the Netherlands' Daan Huizing, who leads by one stroke from England's Meghan MacLaren and Jack Senior.
Hoey was tied 18th after a 69 with Portmarnock Links' Robin Dawson tied 96th after a 75 with only the top 60 and ties qualifying for tomorrow's final round. Brendan McGovern was at the back of the field after making septuple-bogey 11 at the 363-yard 15th in a 10-over 82.
On the PGA Europro Tour, Cork's John Hickey (26) cruised into the Final Stage of the Qualifying School when he topped the leaderboard in his First Stage qualifier in Tarporley.
He shot rounds of 66 and 74 to tie with England's Gian-Marco Petrozzi on six-under with Naas Conor O'Rourke third, two shots further back.
Michael Dallat, Stephen Grant, Cameron Raymond and Daniel Brennan also made it through to join Declan Loftus, Stephen McCarthy and Peter Williamson at Frilford Heath from April 16-18.
At the Augusta National Women's Amateur, Olivia Mehaffey made the top 30 who qualified for tomorrow's final round at Augusta National, tied for 11th on one-over after a 72 at Champions Retreat, six shots behind world number one Jennifer Kupcho, who shot a 71. There was an 11-way playoff for the last 10 spots on three-over.