‘It’s Where You Want to Be’ – Seamus Power in contention for second PGA Tour win

Seamus Power blasted eight-under 65 to roar for the Sentry Tournament of Champions, but insisted he might need to repeat the move twice more to fight for his second PGA Tour win.

That West Waterford man shook the ring rust that cost him three penalty shots at two-under 71 on Thursday and made two eagles and four birdies in a bogey-free round on the Plantation Course in Kapalua in seven days. signed off. Man logjam for eighth place at 10-under par.

He is six shots behind Australia’s Cameron Smith overnight and is set to take him into the world’s top 50 with a top-three finish and a win that will guarantee him a potential Masters debut and a spot at the Augusta Nationals. Also, he wants to produce more of the same at the end of the week.

“It’s great to get to 10-under after the second round, but you’re not going to win it unless you’re somewhere in the 20s (under par),” Powers said.

“So it doesn’t leave me a lot of margin of error after tomorrow, I knew it. Getting back into it today was a good move, but I’ll need two more equal chances.”

The Turanina native (34) was struggling to keep his PGA Tour card just eight months ago, but he ended a red-hot streak of form with his first PGA Tour win at the Barbasol Championships in July and there’s no looking back .

At one stage during Friday’s second round, he finished second and looked comfortable between defending FedExCup champion Patrick Cantley, Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama, PGA champion Phil Mickelson and US Open champion Jon Rahm.

One of the longest-running players on the tour, he rediscovered his driving mojo last night, removing a left miss that cost him four shots in the first round.

While he missed a four-foot one to a birdie in the third, he made amends by going birdie-eagle-birdie from the fourth, then following a birdie in the 15th with an eagle in the ninth in the remaining three par-fives. made grass. And lastly another birdie from 10 feet.

“Three loose swings yesterday cost me four or five shots and it was basically the difference between yesterday and today,” the West Waterford man explained.

“It was a good round-around. I made a few eagles on par-fives, couple putts that could have been here or there, but overall it was pretty steady, didn’t miss a lot, wasn’t really in trouble, much Hit all the greens, and yes, I got a good putt in the last to finish it.”

As for that hot streak from the fourth, he said: “It was really funny because I hit it very close on three and missed maybe four feet for the birdie, so I was kind of disappointed.

“But I hit another good drive at No. 4 and a good number for a 9-iron. Hit it in maybe seven or eight feet and I was able to knock it.

“Then at five, clearly getting the eagle, I hit a good tee shot. Then, I was lucky. I left myself a pretty good number and hit one of the best shots of the day, a good five.” Iron, it was close, maybe three feet.

“Six was playing hard in the air today, hit a good tee shot again and blew up a 9-iron that was probably 25 feet and was able to knock it.

“It was a stretch. I had a good chance at the start of it on three and I just missed out on seven, but it pushed me to go round a bit more in the tournament.”

He fired a hard five-iron to 12 feet in 15th and shared the lead with Sam Burns (64), Matsuyama (65), Berger (66) and four-time major winners for his second eagle of the day. Brooks Koepka (68) then played a 10-foot inning for the birdie in the 18th position.

“I’ve been watching this tournament on TV for years, and you want to be there. It’s a great place to start the year,” he said.

“It has a different vibe to any tournament I’ve played in, so I’m happy to be a part of it.”

He’s also feeling good about his game after fixing his driving and getting a feel for the greens.

“I was a lot more in control today,” he said. “Maybe I was coming out of the gate yesterday, so I had a great day today and it’s a fun course to play. I really like greens, so it’s a good combination for me.

“I think it suits my game. I’m driving too, which is obviously huge here because it’s quite long, especially with the softness and I really like greens. I think I I’m seeing the lines very well, so hopefully it’s a good combination for the weekend.”

Overnight leader Smith bogeyed the first two holes, but regrouped and chased down an eagle in fifth with nine birdies, adding 64 runs to his opening 65 with Berger and world No. 1 Jon Rahm (66). ) by three strokes from the 17-under par. ,

Kentley was a shot ahead in the singles fourth after 67 at 13-under, but world No. 2 Colin Morikawa could only manage 70, leaving him in 22nd place, a nine-shot lead.