Power hop­ing to build on solid start

Irish Examiner - Sport - - GOLF -

Reg­u­lar read­ers will have fol­lowed the progress of Sea­mus Power in re­cent weeks and months as the West Water­ford man bat­tled to se­cure his PGA Tour card.

Af­ter nar­rowly miss­ing out in the fi­nal event of the reg­u­lar sea­son, Power en­tered the Web.com Fi­nals se­ries in a sec­ond chance to se­cure his play­ing rights for 2018. And in a dra­matic fi­nal day in Florida, Power re­tained his card af­ter sweat­ing on the bub­ble through­out the fi­nal round of the Web.com Tour Cham­pi­onship, be­fore cling­ing onto the fi­nal card by the slimmest of mar­gins.

After­wards, Power, who rep­re­sented Ire­land at the Rio Olympics, tweeted: “Well that was a stress­ful week­end on the course but I’m get­ting an­other run at the Pga Tour. Lucky I had @Rathouz (cad­die John Rathouz) on the bag to keep me sane”.

Pro­fes­sional golf is re­lent­less, how­ever, and af­ter an off sea­son last­ing all of two days, Power was back in ac­tion again at the Safe­way Open in Napa, Cal­i­for­nia, in­volv­ing a 3,000 mile flight across the States.

Un­for­tu­nately, but per­haps not sur­pris­ingly, af­ter a fine open­ing round of two-un­der-par 70, ex­haus­tion got the bet­ter of him when he shot 75 in the sec­ond round to miss the cut by two shots. A well-de­served two-week break will hope­fully help him recharge for the fi­nal events of 2017.

Power dis­played a con­sis­tent level of per­for­mance this sea­son with a Scor­ing Av­er­age of 70.543 rank­ing him 52nd in that cat­e­gory. How­ever, in the pro game, one good week counts for a lot more that con­sis­tent play, and we hope the West Water­ford man will show that he can put to­gether four great rounds to con­tend on a Sun­day af­ter­noon.

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