Séamus Power four back going into final round in Detroit

Waterford man shot a bogey-free 69 while Joaquin Niemann and Troy Merritt lead

Séamus Power watches his drive off the fourth tee during the third round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic at the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit. Photo: Carlos Osorio/AP Photo

Séamus Power watches his drive off the fourth tee during the third round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic at the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit. Photo: Carlos Osorio/AP Photo

 

Séamus Power sits four shots off the lead at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit after a bogey-free third round of 69 moved the Waterford man into a tie for 12th.

Power sealed his place in the field as the fourth alternate earlier this week and has made the most of the chance as he attempts to break into the top-125 on the FedEx Cup standings before the end of the season - a finish which would see him secure a PGA Tour card for next year.

Birdies at the first, 10th and 13th along with 15 pars left the 34-year-old four shots off joint leaders Troy Merritt – who made a hole-in-one on Saturday – and Joaquin Niemann at Detroit Golf Club.

Merritt entered the third round one shot behind Niemann and Englishman Tom Lewis, but quickly found himself in front after picking up four birdies on the front nine.

An ace on the par-3 11th extended his lead to three, however he dropped a shot on the following hole before closing out his round with a five-under 67 and a one-shot lead.

He was ultimately joined by Niemann at 14 under as the Chilean carded four birdies in a third-straight bogey-free round.

Meanwhile, Lewis was left to rue an inconsistent performance in which he split four birdies with three bogeys to fall three shots off the pace.

American Hank Lebioda and Australia’s Cam Davis lead the chasing pack at 13 under.

Collated scores after round three (USA unless stated, Par 72)

202 Troy Merritt 67 68 67, Joaquin Niemann (Chi) 65 69 68

203 Cameron Davis (Aus) 68 68 67, Hank Lebioda 67 70 66

204 Brandon Hagy 65 71 68

205 Chris Kirk 67 68 70, Kevin Kisner 67 69 69, Jason Kokrak 69 69 67, Tom Lewis (Eng) 65 69 71, Pat Perez 67 69 69, Richy Werenski 68 68 69

206 Sung Jae Im (Kor) 69 68 69, Kevin Tway 71 68 67, Séamus Power (Irl) 66 71 69

207 Mark Anderson 70 70 67, Keegan Bradley 71 68 68, Rickie Fowler 70 69 68, Lanto Griffin 68 70 69, Mackenzie Hughes (Can) 71 69 67, Sebastian Munoz (Col) 69 69 69, Alexander Noren (Swe) 70 70 67, Sean O’Hair 70 66 71, J. J. Spaun 66 73 68, Scott Stallings 68 73 66

208 Aaron Baddeley (Aus) 69 70 69, Chris Baker 70 70 68, Fabian Gomez (Arg) 67 71 70, Si Woo Kim (Kor) 67 72 69, Russell Knox (Sco) 71 65 72, Roger Sloan (Can) 65 75 68, Kyle Stanley 70 69 69, Curtis Thompson 69 72 67, Davis Thompson 63 73 72, Bubba Watson 68 73 67

209 Joel Dahmen 70 70 69, Jason Day (Aus) 67 73 69, Doug Ghim 70 68 71, Garrick Higgo (Rsa) 68 71 70, Bo Hoag 70 68 71, Max Homa 70 65 74, Beau Hossler 68 69 72, Maverick McNealy 68 69 72, Matthew NeSmith 71 69 69, Cameron Tringale 71 70 68, Vincent Whaley 71 68 70, Danny Willett (Eng) 68 70 71

210 Byeong-Hun An (Kor) 71 70 69, Tyler Duncan 70 67 73, Michael Gellerman 70 68 72, Michael Gligic (Can) 67 73 70, Kramer Hickok 69 69 72, Matt Jones (Aus) 70 69 71, Henrik Norlander (Swe) 68 72 70, Adam Schenk 72 66 72, Nick Taylor (Can) 72 68 70, Matthew Wolff 67 70 73, Josh Teater 70 71 69

211 Jonas Blixt (Swe) 68 71 72, Ryan Brehm 71 67 73, Chesson Hadley 69 70 72, Nelson Ledesma (Arg) 72 68 71, Patrick Reed 69 72 70

212 Cameron Percy (Aus) 71 70 71, Patrick Rodgers 70 70 72, Brandt Snedeker 70 71 71, Robert Streb 67 71 74, Bo Van Pelt 68 73 71, Camilo Villegas (Col) 70 70 72, Will Zalatoris 70 68 74

213 Lucas Glover 68 72 73, Patton Kizzire 68 72 73, Anirban Lahiri (Ind) 71 69 73, Willie Mack III 68 73 72, Phil Mickelson 69 72 72

214 Jimmy Walker 69 72 73

215 Scott Brown 70 71 74, Sung-Hoon Kang (Kor) 69 72 74

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