West Waterford's Seamus Power was in inspired form on St Patrick's Day, opening with an immaculate seven under 64 in the Chitimacha Louisiana Open on the Web,com Tour.
The 29-year old former East Tennessee State star is tied for third with South Africa's Dawie van der Walt, just a shot behind Americans Ryan Armor and JJ Spaun, who posted eight under 63s at Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club in Broussard.
"It was great, the luck was on my side," Power told the Web.com Tour on Periscope.
Asked if he was planning a trip home soon, he said: "I will squeeze in a trip home. Maybe if I can get in the Irish Open. I'll give a little shout out to Rory McIlroy and see if he can get me in."
Power and McIlroy played amateur golf together
Power has enjoyed a mixed start to his second season on the PGA Tour's second tier circuit, making one cut from the first two events for 79th place in the rankings that awards 25 PGA Tour cards to the top money winners.
Power was 25th in the Louisiana event 12 months ago, as he finished 67th in the money list in his rookie year with two Top 10s and eight Top 25s from his 24 starts.
Ten missed cuts cost him a chance of promotion to the PGA Tour and he'll be looking for a win to improve his chances of finishing near the top of the money list.