Aggressive Seamus Power matches career-low 63 as he seeks second Tour win and Masters spot

Seamus Power extended his bogey-free run to 72 holes as he leveled his career low with seven-under 63 to stay just two shots off the lead at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Laying on the offensive while chasing a second PGA Tour win and Masters debut, the West Waterford man (34) continued his sensational run at the 7,025-yard Waiale Country Club in Honolulu, knocking in seven birdies, including six. Includes five holes. -Round.

As Graeme McDowell made 33 putts on level 70 to share 100th place on his debut this year, the Tauranina man finds himself tied for fourth, just two shots behind defending champion Kevin Na, whose The nine-under 61 gave him a one-shot lead over Russell Henley and veteran Jim Furyk.

Power, ranked 63rd in the world, but having made it to the top 50 at Augusta National on March 28, can reassure that the coveted Masters starts off with a win and admits he can be more aggressive now. Because he follows it.

“It certainly changes, especially knowing you’ve got an exemption for a few years,” he said of the freedom he enjoys now that he’s a PGA Tour winner.

“You’re definitely planning to be a little more aggressive, maybe. You’re always trying to win, but you’re really set to win with extra leeway. So it’s a good start today, And hopefully I can keep it going.”

Starting from the back nine in almost windless conditions on a course protected by rough rough terrain, Power started with four pars before following up with five birdies in his next six holes with two more birdies.

While he hit just six fairways, he made a 45-footer for a birdie in the 14th, hit a wedge in the 15th and 13-footer in the 16th and hit a brilliant flop shot stone in the par-five from deep Bermuda. change from 18th to 31st.

With momentum on his side, he brushed for a birdie in the 25-footer before making back-to-back birdies on fifth and sixth – three feet from a 132-yard nail and then into a smooth 11-footer after a friendly kick. Brushed. apron

He did well in the eighth, extending his approach to 50 feet from the rough rough, but could not get up and down for a closing birdie four in the short, par-five ninth (496 yards). inches away from the fairway.

“Everything was in good order,” said Power, feeling the benefit of eliminating Rust from his game as he finished 15th at the Sentry Tournament of Champions last week.

“Maybe wouldn’t mind hitting some extra fairway, but overall it was great. Made some good puts here and there. Hit some good wedge shots up close, and overall nice and solid.”

He was pleased to take advantage of the windless conditions, but knows he has to keep his foot on the gas if he is to win his first 500-point PGA Tour event.

“It’s bizarre to see it so cool,” said the Waterford man, who has missed the cut on his last two visits to Waiale, despite his liking for the Seth Raynor design.

“I can’t remember for sure how many years I’ve played it. You want to be aggressive, but the fairway is starting to get a little strong. A couple of times, like at nine, my last hole, you hit a good shot and It tends to be pretty rough. It’s definitely a tradeoff, but you know, if you can get it into the fairway, you can be aggressive with windy conditions.”

As far as the idea of ​​winning is concerned, he knows he cannot give up.

“The PGA Tour is tough,” he said. “If you want to win, you have to have four good rounds. You have to get into that mindset. Good start and puts me in a good position, but there’s a long way to go. I need three more good rounds Sunday has a chance.”