'Proud' Power five back as Lowry and McIlroy make the cut at the death

by Ronan MacNamara  

Seamus Power by Golffile

Seamus Power arrested a run of three missed cuts in a row as he cruised through to the final two rounds of The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

Power is two-under-par after successive rounds of 71 and despite a three-putt bogey on the 18th, he was proud of how he handled the circumstances over the opening 36 holes.

“It is what it is. It's a good spot. You're obviously disappointed to bogey the last. Could have been a little better here or there, but overall I'm pretty pleased.

“The last couple of days, we had rain for a lot of our round on Friday and very strong winds yesterday. I was kind of proud of hanging in there and kind of staying patient not really knowing what was going to happen with the tournament, with the rounds and stuff, so yeah, overall pretty pleased.”

While numerous players had to wait two or even three days to get their second rounds underway, Power played all four days so far as he battled his way through everything the forecast threw at Sawgrass.

“Yeah, it's pretty funny, we played a hole and a half on Thursday, played 12 holes, I think, something like that on Friday, and then 20 yesterday and two so far this morning. It's been strange. One of the more unusual ones I've ever played in terms of stop-start.

“But it is what it is. It's one of those things you get on with it the best you can, and hopefully I'll go get a rest and be ready for this afternoon.”

The West Waterford native completed sixteen holes of his second round on Saturday before the hooter sounded meaning he went to bed dreaming of his tee shot at the treacherous 17th hole. The par-3 wreaked havoc on Saturday but Power got a break as he returned to a much more benign hole and he passed up a good birdie opportunity after finding the right level with his approach shot.

“The group in front of us was on the green when the horn went, so we didn't have a choice and we were done. It's an unusual place to start, but the shot was definitely easier this morning, so probably worked out in my favour.”

Shane Lowry is six shots off the lead after a stunning finish moved him away from the cutline and onto the fringes of contention heading into round three.

The Clara native finished with back-to-back birdies to move from one-over to one-under for a two-under 70.

The 2019 Open champion turned in 35 after birdies on 2 and 9 cancelled out a dropped shot on the 7th. A second dropped shot of the day on the 10th saw Lowry slip towards the cut line before two closing birdies saw him into rounds three and four.

Rory McIlroy is also through to the final 36 holes by the skin of his teeth after some late dropped shots from Scott Piercy saw the cut move from one-over to plus two which saw the Holywood native through.

Piercy took a seven on the 17th after dunking two shots in the water which ensured McIlroy’s time on the practice tee wasn’t wasted.

The leaderboard is stacked with 15 players separated by just three shots. Sam Burns and Tom Hoge lead the way on seven-under-par with Harold Varner III and Erik Van Rooyen a shot adrift.

English duo Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey are within striking distance on five-under alongside Abraham Ancer, Corey Conners, Keith Mitchell – who was briefly 8-under – and Taylor Pendrith.


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