Waterford’s Seamus Power (pictured above) returns to life on the PGA Tour this evening (Thursday) when he tees it up at the $8.2m Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.
He is eligible to play in this star studded event thanks to his maiden PGA Tour win in the Barbasol Championship in July and with just 39 players in the field (Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson being the only two of the game’s elite not to be playing) it is a brilliant opportunity for the Touraneena man to pick up a big pay cheque, FedEx Cup points and move himself up the world rankings.
This time last year he was ranked 434th in the world, now he’s 73rd and a top three finish this week would see him jump into the World’s top fifty, which is where it’s at in terms of Majors and all the WGC events. Indeed, a victory in Hawaii this week would see him climb to 30th in the world and it the process he’d leapfrog Shane Lowry (44th) as Ireland’s second highest ranked player behind Rory McIlroy.
“The way the world rankings work, you can climb quickly, but we’ll see what happens,” Power said.
“The Sentry is a good chance to get started and kind of go from there. It seems like Shane has been ranked in the top 50 in the world forever, and just to be somewhere in the same vicinity as a player of his calibre is kind of cool,” he added.
Seamus (34) tees off at 7.40pm Irish time with South African, Eric Van Rooyen.
He’s also in action at next week’s Sony Open at Waialae Country Club, so let’s hope the West Waterford man gets 2022 off to a brilliant start.