Tuesday, January 11, 2022

The rise and rise of Waterford’s Seamus Power up golf’s world rankings continued at the weekend on the beautiful island of Hawaii.
As a winner during the 2021 season, at the Barbasol Championship, the West Waterford man was eligible to tee it up at the PGA Tour’s seasonal opener, the Sentry Tournament of Champions in a field of just 38 players.
Seamus was bang in contention at the halfway stage after opening rounds of 71 and 65 but a cold weekend putter and record breaking scoring meant that his final two rounds of 69 and 67 saw him finish on -20 and in a tie for 15th behind winner Cam Smith of Australia.
Speaking after the final round Power said, “It was very similar to yesterday, I played very well, but it just couldn’t quite get it going on the greens (31 putts on Saturday and Sunday). We were talking about going down the last. I think I was 18 under for the last three rounds and bogey-free, and I didn’t make up any ground. But it was nice to get some birdies on the backside there today and make it somewhat respectable.”
Seamus was bogey free for his last 54 holes showing that his game is in great shape as a huge year awaits for the Touraneena man.
His tie for 15th finish earned him a cheque of $132,500 which sees him move on to $788,942 for the season. He is now 21st on the FedEx Cup rankings and up to a career high of 63 (from 73) in the world rankings.
Remember he was ranked 432nd this week last year which is incredible. Now his target must be the top fifty in the world and appearances at this year’s majors.
Of course the first major of every year is The Masters at Augusta National and Seamus will need to be in the top 50 in the world on March 28 to receive an invitation to drive down Magnolia Lane.
His win in the Barbasol qualified him for the PGA Championship at Southern Hills in Tulsa in May and he needs to be in the world’s top 60 by May 23 or June 6 to qualify for June’s US Open at The Country Club at Brookline.
The world’s top 50 will also tee it up at the 150th Open Championship at the home of golf, St Andrews, in July with the top-five and ties, not otherwise exempt, inside the top 20 in the FedExCup after the Travelers Championship (June 26) also getting in.
Seamus is back in action this week, again in Hawaii, when he is in the field for the Sony Open at the Waielae Country Club.

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