The birdies dried-up for birthday boy Seamus Power and he finished well down the leaderboard on the final day of the Puerto Rico Open.
Power, who turns 34 on Thursday, was looking to celebrate a maiden Tour victory in heading to the final round lying at 10-under par and only four shots from the lead.
After six birdies a day earlier on the Caribbean Island course, Power could manage just two on Sunday but also posted two bogeys in a level par 72 for a share of 22nd place in continuing windy conditions on the Puerto Rican course lying alongside the Caribbean Sea.
It is Power’s second pay cheque in seven events this 2020/21 season.
“It was a good week overall but I didn’t take advantage of the back nine today and that was kind of heart-breaking,” said Power.
“Overall, it was a pretty solid week but just a disappointing finish. The game is pretty good but it was just one of those days where I didn’t quite come together.
“Somehow I had horrible just misses on three or four holes on the back which I really needed but when I look back, which I will, there was lots of good stuff and lots to build on.”
Padraig Harrington ended his first visit to Puerto Rico with a final round 70 for a three-under par tally and the European Ryder Cup captain will now join McIlroy, Lowry and Graeme McDowell this week at Bay Hill.
South African Branden Grace sensationally finished eagle, birdie in a round of 66 to win his second PGA Tour title and notch a 14th career win by a shot at 19-under par and deny Venezulan Jhonatthan Vegas who was in the clubhouse and had birdied the last in a score of 65 to be sitting at 18-under.
Grace holed an 80-foot bunker shot at the 17th and it was an emotional day for Grace with his father passing away some five weeks ago after contracting the COVID-19 virus.
“Yeah, it was tough. This morning I had a tear in my eye in the car when I was talking to my wife. And it was an emotional day,” he said.
“I thought about him a hell of a lot out there, and especially — the last tee shot, I was really struggling the last hole, because I knew he was watching over me. I knew he was guiding me. And I know he’s in a better place now, but we miss him dearly. And it’s just been — it’s been a great way to a — a tough time that we have had the last couple months.”
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