Power hoping to build on solid start
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.