Seamus Power narrowly made the cut at the Sanderson Farms Championship.

The Waterford native carded a second consecutive 71 at the Jackson, Mississippi course to move up to two under, one shot above the cut mark.

In a mixed round, Power managed six birdies but a double bogey on eight and three other dropped shots prevented him from gaining momentum.

It leaves him eight shots off the pace of the leading pair heading into the weekend rounds.

Mackenzie Hughes of Canada shot the low round on Friday, a nine-under-par 63, to vault into a tie with Belgium's Thomas Detry at 10-under.

The duo is one shot clear of Austrian Sepp Straka who is at nine under.


Hughes posted nine birdies without a bogey, including birdies at holes one, two, three and five to start his day off strongly. He wrapped up the day with birdies on the final two holes, sticking his approach shots to six feet and eight feet, respectively.

"I started with a new coach a couple weeks ago in Napa and working on a couple of small things which have been kind of showing on the golf course," Hughes said, "And I've been putting in a lot of work in the gym and on the range to increase my club head speed and ball speed, so that's been showing up, as well.

"Just a combination of a few different things, but (I've) been working hard at it, and it's always nice when you put in hard work and you get some good results."

Detry shot a 67 for the second straight day, recording six birdies and one bogey.

After several years of playing mostly in Europe, Detry earned his PGA Tour card over the summer via the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, giving him access to more events Stateside.

"I was qualified for (the Finals) last year. I didn't go. I regretted it," Detry said.

"This year I was in between going and not going, and I made a really last-minute decision to go, and it paid off."

Additional reporting: Reuters