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Seamus Power takes lead after opening round of St Jude Classic

Brooks Koepka, who will defend his US Open title in New York next week, is among the chasing pack.

Ireland’s Seamus Power has a one-shot lead after the first round of the Fed Ex St Jude Classic in Memphis.

Power started off with a birdie on the first, then had a birdie-bogey-birdie run to go two-under at the turn.

Three further birdies on the back nine saw him complete the round in a five-under 65, one shot ahead of a chasing pack of 11 players including reigning US Open champion Brooks Koepka.

Koepka – who will look to defend his title at Shinnecock Hills, New York, next week – made four birdies in a row in a round of 66 to sit alongside Phil Mickelson, Chris Kirk and Wesley Bryan.

2016 US Open Champion Dustin Johnson is among the pack on three-under, while Power’s fellow Irishman Padraig Harrington is two-under and tied for 23rd after dropping shots on the 17th and 18th.

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