Power to make PGA Tour return at this week’s Sony Open


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Seamus Power will start his PGA Tour season sooner that he would’ve expected after getting into this week’s Sony Open as a reserve with Jhonattan Vegas withdrawing from the event in Hawaii after testing positive for Covid-19.

Vegas joins a lengthy list of PGA Tour players who have tested positive for the virus since the PGA Tour returned to work last June but his misfortune is Power’s gain this week as the West Waterford golfer looks to his the ground running on his return from injury.
Power went under the knife for elbow surgery following his last appearance on a PGA Tour fairway in a top-40 finish at the Bermuda Championship in November. His status will mean he’s again playing off limited starts this term so he’ll be eager to make every single one count, starting this week in Hawaii.
It’s not quite the pressure of the cash games of satellite tours gone by for the 33-year old. Power has played 94 PGA Tour events since making the jump from the then Web.com Tour. He’s banked over $2.5million worth of prize money in that stretch too but how dearly Power would love to cement his full status once more and a solid schedule with it, meaning weeks like these where he’s relying on withdrawals will become a thing of the past.
For now, Power can only play the cards he’s been dealt but safely in the field amongst 144 players that include Collin Morikawa, Sungjae Im and last week’s winner, Harris English, it’s just great to see him back in the game. The Sony Open starts on Thursday.

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