John Peterson and first round leader, Francesco Molinari are also at 5 under and tied for the lead although they have played just twelve and eleven holes respectively of their second rounds.
With a three hour delay due to inclement weather early in the day, play was eventually suspended due to darkness at around 8.00pm and those not able to finish their rounds will pick up where they left off at 7.30 am on Saturday.
Ireland’s Power is playing his first season on the PGA Tour after graduating from the Web.Com Tour last year. The former East Tennessee State attendee bogeyed two of his last four holes but he was not alone on a golf course which proved more than a handful for many of the game’s leading players.
Adam Scott and Matt Jones lead the Australians in 46th position at even par and only five from the lead, although Scott still has four holes to play on Saturday morning.
Scott was cruising along at 2 under for the day and 3 under for the tournament when he found the water with his 3rd shot at the par five 6th and dropped further shots at the 8th and 9th holes at which stage his place in the third round could well have been in jeopardy.
He birdied the 10th hole however but although only five shots from the lead, such is the congested nature of the leaderboard he is only one shot from the projected cutline.
Jones is playing the event on invite due to his limited status on the PGA Tour and has recorded consecutive rounds of 72.
Brett Drewitt is on the cutline at 1 over and has completed his two rounds, Curtis Luck at 2 over through 10 holes, Cameron Percy at 3 over through 11, Stuart Appleby at 4 over and now appearing assured of missing the cut, Greg Chalmers and Geoff Ogilvy at 6 over and will miss the cut and Steve Bowditch again struggling at 10 over and completed his 36 holes.