Power makes big strides in FedEx Cup race

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Power makes big strides in FedEx Cup race

Seamus Power (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Seamus Power brilliantly birdied the final hole to grab a timely season’s best top-10 finish at the PGA Tour’s Barracuda Championship on Sunday.

Needing a top-10 result to book his place in the final regular season event at the Wyndham in a fortnight’s time, the West Waterford professional fired five birdies in a 7-point performance at the modified stableford tournament.

The system awards players five points for eagles, two for birdies, nothing for par, minus-one for bogey and minus-three for double bogey or worse.

Power’s chances looked to be lost after he dropped out of the top-10 with a bogey on 16. He made par at his penultimate hole and gave himself a putt down the last, albeit from some 25 feet for birdie.

But not for the first time, Power proved clutch, rattling the birdie putt home to reach 32-points, fist-pumping the air as that last stab with the short blade sealed him a tied 9th finish and another shot at the top-125 on the FedEx standings.

For this week’s result, he moved up 22 places to 161st on the FedEx board and collected a cheque worth around $95,000 for the effort but Power will need much more of the same at the Wyndham to have any chance of making the coveted Playoffs this year.

Such worries no longer occupy the mind of Richy Werenski who holed a flop shot from the fairway for a five-point eagle on 16 before a gain at the last saw him leapfrog Troy Merritt and win by a single stroke.

Werenski’s final round haul of 13 points on Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood Course, the first-time venue after 21 years at Montreux Golf and Country Club, delivered his first PGA Tour title. The 28-year-old former Georgia Tech player won the event three years after losing to Chris Stroud on the second hole of a playoff.

“It’s huge,” Werenski said. “I’ve been playing well for I feel like the last couple of months, but to get a win, I mean, that’s huge. I got a couple seconds and everything, so it just helps my confidence a lot. Now I know I’m good enough, and now we’re going to go make a good move for the FedExCup Playoffs.”

Not only that, Werenski earns exemptions into 2021 Sentry Tournament of Champions, The Players Championship and multiple invitational events; while he also earns a spot in this week’s PGA Championship, plus a spot in the 2020 U.S. Open.

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