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For the second time in a month, Séamus Power is among the leaders on the PGA Tour

The Rio Olympian continues to impress in his debut season.

Power is just three shots off the lead in Mexico.
Power is just three shots off the lead in Mexico.
Image: Rogelio V. Solis

SÉAMUS POWER’S RICH vein of form continued overnight as he catapulted himself into contention at a PGA Tour event for the second time in the space of three weeks.

Ireland’s Rio Olympian heads into today’s final round at the OHL Classic just three shots off the lead after carding seven birdies on his way to a third round 64. American Gary Woodland is in pole position on 18-under par.

Power, playing in just his fourth event as a full member of the Tour, recorded a blemish-free seven-under par round on Saturday which saw him jump seven places to fourth.

Graeme McDowell, meanwhile, shot a second straight 65 and is in a tie for 32nd at the tournament he won 12 months ago.

29-year-old Power is hoping to keep the title in Ireland having produced more stellar golf this week and a performance which demonstrates his growing stature at this level.

“I feel a little more comfortable than I thought I would this early,” Power said yesterday.

“I’ve seen a lot of the guys win between college golf,, that sort of thing, so I know some of the guys out here. I have kind of an inner belief I can play, so yeah, I feel comfortable.

“I’m delighted. Everything kind of was pretty decent. A couple of loose shots here and there, but I putted very well. Overall, I’m pleased. I’m still a few back of Gary Woodland playing well, but in decent shape for tomorrow.”

The Waterford golfer found himself challenging for his maiden PGA Tour title two weeks ago at the Sanderson Farms Championship but slipped away during the final round to finish in a tie for 29th.

He will hope that experience will hold him in good stead later as he goes in search of a landmark career win in Mexico.

Power earned his full Tour card by finishing inside the top 25 of the Tour last year, an achievement which was helped by winning the United Leasing and Finance Championship in May.

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