Power set to notch first PGA Tour top-10 in Canada

Eng­land’s Smith claims maiden Euro­pean Tour win in Ger­many

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Sport -

US Tour: Sea­mus Power was set to notch a first ever PGA Tour top 10 fin­ish at the Cana­dian Open, thanks to a clos­ing round of 66 last night.

The Water­ford man is bat­tling to keep his card for next sea­son and was pro­jected to jump in­side the top 125 on the FedEx Cup stand­ings thanks to his strong fin­ish.

With the first 125 play­ers main­tain­ing their play­ing priv­i­leges, Power will need to main­tain this sort of form.

Two birdies on the front nine got him off to a good start be­fore hit­ting a run of four birdies in a row from the 13th to the 17th be­fore drop­ping a shot at the 17th. How­ever, a clos­ing birdie added up to a 66 and a to­tal of -16, five shots be­hind leader Jonathan Ve­gas who had four holes to play.

Euro­pean Tour: Jor­dan Smith claimed his first Euro­pean Tour ti­tle af­ter a play­off at the Euro­pean Open near Ham­burg yes­ter­day.

Smith, from Bath, won at the sec­ond ex­tra hole af­ter fin­ish­ing tied with de­fend­ing cham­pion Alex Levy on 13 un­der – but only af­ter the French­man had missed a putt to win from in­side three feet on the pair’s first trip back down the 18th.

The 24-year-old Smith, who held a two shot lead overnight, be­gan his fi­nal round with a birdie but dropped shots on the sixth and eighth to leave the door ajar for Levy.

Smith re­gained the lead with a birdie from three feet at the 11th but left his bunker shot at the 13th short and missed a 20 footer for par.

Levy and Smith both birdied the 15th and it was the for­mer who went ahead with an­other gain at the next, only for Smith to get up-and-down at the last to force a play­off with a round of 71.

Levy then missed a three-foot birdie ef­fort as they re­played the 18th hole, but when Smith was pre­sented with a sim­i­lar op­por­tu­nity on the next trip down the last he made no mis­take.

Lone Ir­ish­man to make the cut, am­a­teur Paul McBride, fin­ished with a third con­sec­u­tive round of 72 for a tied-47th fin­ish at two un­der par.

Sea­mus Power: pro­jected to jump in­side the top 125 in the FedEx Cup

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