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Waterford's Seamus Power makes strong start at the Tournament of Champions

Waterford's Seamus Power makes strong start at the Tournament of Champions

Seamus Power is in contention after the opening round of the PGA Tour's Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

The Waterford native carded a round of 68, leaving him in a tie for 17th on 5 under par.

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Power started the day as FedEx Cup leader and started strong in Maui, sealing eight birdies in the presence of a star-studded field.

Three players share the top spot on 9-under-par - Spain's Jon Rahm and American duo Collin Morikawa and JJ Spaun.

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Morikawa and Spaun each enjoyed splendid bogey-free rounds, whileย Rahm eagled the par-5 fifth hole and bogeyed the par-4 14th.

The Tournament of Champions includes a total of 39 players and is the first of 17 designated PGA Tour events with elevated purses this year.

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Also, as an additional feature in 2023, the field was expanded to feature players who did not win in 2022 but did reach the Tour Championship.

Defending champion Cameron Smith is not in the field after he moved from the PGA Tour to LIV Golf.

Power is set to resume play for his second round at 9:20 pm Irish time this evening.

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