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Séamus Power of Ireland plays his shot from the fourth tee during the first round of The Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club. Photo: Michael Owens/Getty Images

Séamus Power of Ireland plays his shot from the fourth tee during the first round of The Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club. Photo: Michael Owens/Getty Images

Séamus Power of Ireland plays his shot from the fourth tee during the first round of The Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club. Photo: Michael Owens/Getty Images

Séamus Power headed straight for the range after a “frustrating” one-under 70 left him four shots behind US Ryder Cup stars Scottie Scheffler and Jordan Spieth in the Genesis Invitational at glitzy Riviera Country Club.

The world No 45 birdied the par-five first but then added eight pars in a row before plugging his second in a greenside bunker at Riviera Country Club’s iconic 303-yard 10th and running up a double-bogey six. He bounced back by firing a 262-yard approach to 11 feet to set up an eagle at the 587-yard 11th, then knocked in a 44-footer at the 12th to get to two-under-par.

But he three-putted the 13th from 17 feet, failed to get up and down from sand at the short 14th before holing a 22-footer from the fringe at the next.

“It was a bit so-so all day long,” said Power, who was inside the top 50. “It was a bit frustrating, but one-under, all in all, is not too bad, I guess.

“I didn’t really do anything well, made a couple of mistakes in all parts of my game, so I have a bit of work to do this afternoon to get it back to where I want.”

Spieth and Scheffler carded five-under 66s to lead by a shot from CT Pan, Collin Morikawa, Jason Kokrak, Cameron Smith and Justin Thomas.

Meanwhile, Paul Dunne fired seven birdies in a six-under 66 at Royal Cape Golf Club – his best round for nine months – to lie just a shot off the lead in the Challenge Tour’s Bain’s Whisky Cape Town Open.

The former world No 65 was tied for third, one shot behind Sweden’s Christofer Blomstrand and Spain’s Ivan Cantero.

“The course was definitely there for the taking and the greens are rolling nicely, so I hit a few nice shots and capitalised when I could,” said Dunne, who is now ranked 1,694th in the world.

Niall Kearney was tied sixth after a five-under 67 at Rondebosch Golf Club, where Tom McKibbin shot a bogey-free 68 to lie tied 12th.

Cormac Sharvin and John Murphy were 59th after 71s at Royal Cape with Gavin Moynihan 147th after a 74 at Rondebosch.

The Genesis Invitational, Live, Sky Sports Golf, 2.30

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