Ireland’s Seamus Power was in blistering form on Thursday, as a bogey-free 66 put him in contention at the Quicken Loans National in Maryland.
Power has been threatening a PGA Tour victory for some time now, and the Waterford native has a good opportunity to be in the running come Sunday at Potomac.
Power finished tied for fifth at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in his best result of the year, while he also has a top ten and an eleventh-placed finish to his name.
Andrew Landry and JJ Spaun each shot a bogey-free 63 to share the course record and grab a one-stroke lead over fellow Americans Billy Horschel and Andrew Putnam.
Landry won his first PGA title two months ago at the Texas Open. He also pushed Spain’s Jon Rahm to a playoff in January’s CareerBuilder Challenge before losing on the fourth extra hole.
Spaun, seeking his first PGA title, was a runner-up at last November’s RSM Classic and took third at last month’s Byron Nelson Classic after recovering from a pinched right elbow nerve.
Tiger Woods, meanwhile, shot a level-par 70 in his first round with a new mallet putter.
Another big day is needed from Power on Friday, but it’s clear a maiden PGA Tour victory is edging closer.