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Waterford’s Seamus Power Retains PGA Tour Card By Slimmest Of Margins

After a missed cut at the Wyndham Championship, Seamus Power faced the most anxious 48 hours of his professional career.

The season-long FedEx Cup race on the PGA Tour grants the winner ten million dollars, but more importantly, it grants the top 125 players, prior to the playoffs, playing privileges on the Tour itself for the next season.

The Wyndham Championship just gone was the last chance for players to make it into that top 125 list, before the four playoff events that cut the field from 125 to 100, to 75, and then the last 30 compete at the Tour Championship.

By virtue of solid, consistent results throughout the season, Power, who played his college golf in Tennessee, entered last week’s event at 123rd. 11th at the CareerBuilder Challenge, 5th at the Corales Puntacana Championship, and 12th at the FedEx St. Jude Classic were particular highlights for the 31-year-old this season.

But a +3 total at the Wyndham after 36 holes meant that his PGA Tour status was out of his hands.

Power had to rely on the likes of Sergio Garcia, Sam Saunders and Harris English to falter over the weekend.

Saunders kept his 120th place with two under par rounds for his final 36 holes, while Nick Taylor, who was in a worse position than Power at 129th, put in the round of his career – a final round 63, to finish 15 under and 119th in the standings.

English was in with a chance of winning the Wyndham itself. After three birdies and an eagle on the Sunday front nine, he was -16. Three bogeys coming in would drop him out of the top ten, but he just about claimed the penultimate spot in the playoffs at 124.

It was all down to the out of form 2017 Masters champion. Garcia, who’s card was safe due to that Augusta win, was nonetheless chasing a Ryder Cup wildcard pick.

Although three under par rounds left him on a lofty -12 after three rounds, a poor back nine which included three bogeys saw him remain on that score to finish with as others around him were shooting under par, including Webb Simpson with a 62. Finishing tied for 24th, Garcia ultimately came 128th in the FedEx Cup, as Power made it in at the coveted 125 mark, one ahead of Martin Piller who also missed the cut.

Power made it by virtue of just six FedEx Cup points, 377 to Piller’s 371.

He now has the lucrative playoffs to look forward to, the first of which take place this week at The Northern Trust.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

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