Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Waterford’s Seamus Power is headed for the Korn Ferry Tour Finals in a bid to retain his PGA Tour card for the 2019-2020 season. Photo: Getty Images.

After a brilliant opening round of 64 at the Wyndham Championship, there was no joy over the weekend on the PGA Tour for Waterford’s Seamus Power as he failed to automatically retain his PGA Tour card for next season.
Rounds of 69, 71 and 69 saw him finish in a tie for 60th on -7. Seaums needed a top ten finish to secure his card by finishing in the top 125 in the FedEx Cup rankings. However he in the end finished on 143 on the FexEx Stadings which means that he must now head to the Korn Ferry Tour Finals – the new name for the Web.com Tour Play-offs – to keep his PGA Tour card.
The Korn Ferry Tour Finals – which consists of three tournaments and involves the top 75 from the second tier US Tour and those who finished between 125th and 200th on the PGA Tour’s FedExCup points list.
At the conclusion of the finals there are 50 PGA Tour cards awarded and varying levels of membership on the tour for the following season.
Power’s round on Sunday included birdies on the second, fifth and 13th holes, but he dropped shots with a double bogey on the Par 4 11th hole.
Talking to Sky Sports after his round he said there were positives to take from the weekend’s golf but after a slow start to the season he was left with too much to do:
“There was some good stuff to build on going into the Korn Ferry play-offs so I just have to go there and play well.
“It was really the start, I mean I really struggled until probably April, May time. And I just had a bit too much ground to make up. So it was frustrating as I had high hopes going into the season but you don’t really have much time to regroup. You’ve just got to take a few days off here and get ready to go again in 10 days time. So some positives, but more negatives than positives unfortunately. But again you have to get the attitude turned around here pretty quick.”
Power missed 11 of his first 15 cuts of the 2019 season. He finished joint 60th overall at Sedgefield and moved up only one place in the FedEx Cup standings.
“It’s tough, you do your best not to think about it but it’s one of things that every bogey seems to matter more and every birdie seems to matter more. So you really have to try and play your own game and try not to think about it. But again it is tough.”
Seamus finished 136th on the money list with season earnings of $773,976 after playing in 27 events.
North Carolina native JT Poston became the first player in 45 years to win a PGA Tour event without dropping a shot when he beat Webb Simpson by one stroke to claim the Wyndham Championship.
Not since Lee Trevino at New Orleans in 1974 had a player negotiated 72 holes without a bogey en route to victory.
Seamus’ first event in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals will be the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Open in Columbus Ohio on Thursday week, August 15.

DAWSON IN FINLAND
Meanwhile, Waterford’s Robin Dawson finished in a tie for 11th at the Finnish Challenge on the European Challenge Tour in Finland at the weekend. He shot rounds of 70, 72, 66 and 70 to finish on -10, four shots off the eventual winner.

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