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Power stumbles but still in the mix at the Palmetto Championship at Congaree

By Aaron Murphy  

Seamus Power. Photograph by Golffile

Seamus Power closed with a lever par 71 on moving day at the Palmetto Championship at Congaree and sits eight shots behind Chesson Hadley, who leads by four shots on 14 under par.

Power got off to a great start, picking up two birdies on his first two holes.

On the 195-yard par-3 7th, he hit the green off the tee but three putted, missing a10-footer for par and finished with a bogey.

The Waterford man then double bogeyed the par-4 9th following a penalty drop to make the turn on one over par.

He picked up a birdie on the par-4 11 but gave it back on the par-4 13th and then chipped in from 41 yards for eagle on the Par-4 15th before closing out his round with a bogey on the last to leave him on six under for the tournament and in a seven-way tie for seventh place.

“It was nice start.” said Power, “Made a putt from just short left of the green, nice little bonus start. And then a nice up-and-down for out of the bunker on two for a birdie.

“Didn't play great in between. I had a nice chip-in on 15 from left of the green, so that was kind of the bonus, kind of kept me in a little bit. But not my best, I need something a lot better tomorrow.”

Catching Hadley may be a bridge too far but a top 3 finish is well within his grasp on Sunday.

“I'm 6-under I think so, yeah, just try to go have a good round. I didn't hit it in the best spots today, was never that comfortable on the greens, so just general improvement tomorrow.”

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