Munster Golfer looks to improve on positive start to life in the PGA tour

Seamus Power looks to build on his impressive, tied 15th position in last weeks Sentry Tournament of Champions at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

As the Golf season moves into the new year the Sentry Tournament of Champions kicked off the PGA tour for the calendar year. The Sentry Tournament is reserved for golfers who have won a tournament on the PGA tour in the previous calendar year.

Representing Ireland and Munster in the tournament was golfer Seamus Power. He gained entry to the tournament for winning the Barbasol Championship in July of last year, Power impressively shot -21 over that weekend on his way to the victory.

Power is currently 63rd in the world Golf rankings. He was born in Waterford but moved to the United States to play his golf for East Tennessee State University. In his time there he won five tournaments including the prestigious Atlantic Sun Conference Championship in 2007 and in 2010.

7 July 2019; Seamus Power of Ireland watches his shot from the 17th fairway during day four of the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch Golf Club in Lahinch, Clare. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

The Waterford native has been a professional since leaving college in 2011. In his time as a pro, he has gone on to record six tournament wins including the Barbasol Championship as previously mentioned.

Power put on a very good display in the Sentry tournament, which included the likes of world number one John Rahm and Ryder Cup winners Colin Morikawa and Justin Thomas to name a few.

He consistently shot well as he managed to score under par in each of the four rounds over the weekend. Power finished up the tournament with a score of -20 which found him tied fifteenth on the leader board, notably Power outplayed major tournament winners Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth and Tony Finau.

It is estimated Power’s take away from the tournaments overall purse was $132,000.

He is now set to compete in this weekend’s Sony Open at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. The tournament is a part of the PGA’s FedEx Cup series meaning the prize fund will be a hefty $7,500,000.

Powers form has gone from strength to strength since the Barbasol victory. Last week’s tournament is a sign of that continued progress as it marks his 11th top 25 finish in his last 15 PGA tour starts. Notable players who will be competing against Power include Master’s victor Hideki Matsuyama (2021). 

As mentioned, Powers impressive form has him primed for another top 25 finish and he can be found on the official PGA’s power ranking for this tournament at 15th. His ranked position highlights the recognition that his performances are garnering.

If Power can manage to play his way into another top 25 finish, not only will it increase his stock as a player, but it might also even help increase the popularity of the sport in Ireland. Much like Shane Lowry’s Major win of the Open helped increase the interest of the sport domestically.

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