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Power runs out at Korn Ferry finals but hope still remains

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Who could forget the image of Jordan Spieth way right, deep into the dunes, faced with an unplayable lie, his procession towards a first Open Championship in serious jeopardy

A last-minute Houdini act proved a bridge too far as Seamus Power’s bid to earn a backdoor passage to the PGA Tour came up short at the Korn Ferry finals.

Needing to finish within the top-25 places to earn full PGA Tour membership for next year, Power never threatened over the three-event series that finished last night with the Tour Championship at Newburgh.

The West Waterford professional could only manage a share of 51st at minus-three, leaving him well outside the precious places on the money list as he ended the series in 84th position.

Although Power may be down, however, he’s certainly not out. The 32-year old has reason to be optimistic despite not pulling off the fairy-tale finish at Victoria National Golf Club. Having ended the PGA Tour season in 144th spot on the FedExCup standings, the Tooraneena Olympian has conditional status guaranteed for next term.

The 2019-20 wraparound season will begin with Power, who’s earned $2,211,174 from 80 PGA Tour starts since 2017, in a position to bank on at least 15 starts throughout the year. Depending on how he performs, Power will be able to improve his status into next year having earned the safety net by finishing within the 126th – 150th placing bracket on the FedExCup standings.

With little time to recharge, Power will look to put a disappointing campaign behind him where 14 missed cuts from 27 starts ultimately proved his undoing stateside. In that time, there was a coaching change, a period of transition and reason to be optimistic, with Power banking over $700,000 to keep him going while he also thrilled home crowds with a much-anticipated Irish Open appearance at Lahinch. As far as setbacks go, this is a mere blip on the radar and one that Power, given his experience, will no doubt take in his stride.

 

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