Web.com Tour — Seamus Power is tied for 58th after an opening 69 in the Brasil Champions presented by Embrase.
The West Waterford golfer is looking for the perfect 30th birthday present on Sunday but after mixing one bogey with three birdies in a two under round at Sao Paolo Golf Club he's seven shots adrift of American Bhavik Patel.
Californian Patel, 25, made 11 birdies in a nine under 62 to lead by one stroke from Argentina's Julian Etulain and compatriot Matt Atkinr with Tavis Bertoni, Oscar Fraustro, Andrew Svoboda, São Paulo native Lucas Lee, Sebastian Cappelen and Ryan Yip two shots back.
“I just zoned out,” said Patel, who didn’t realise he recorded 11 birdies on his scorecard. “It was working, so I didn’t even think about it.”
Power is 80th in the Web.com Tour money list