Encouraging week for Power as Uihlein gets over the line in Vegas

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Encouraging week for Power as Uihlein gets over the line in Vegas

Seamus Power (Photo by Ben Jared/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

Seamus Power carded a disappointing final round two-over par 74 to record an otherwise encouraging top-10 at the Korn Ferry Tour’s MGM Resorts Championship at Paiute.

The West Waterford professional had moved into contention early on Sunday, picking up two shots through seven holes to get within three of Peter Uihlein’s lead but bogeyed the ninth before a pair of double bogeys at 13 and 14 halted any hope of a title challenge in Vegas.

He picked up birdies at 16 and 17 before a closing bogey saw Power home in 74 for an encouraging share of ninth at an eight-under par total. He is expected to return to the PGA Tour this week for the Zürich Classic of New Orleans.

Meanwhile, Peter Uihlein fired a closing three-under 69 – his fourth round in the 60s of the week – to race to a four stroke win over David Lipsky. Uihlein’s 16-under par total left the field in his wake around Paiute Golf Resort’s Sun Mountain course.

“Very difficult, the wind was relentless,” said Uihlein. “But I got off to a dream start…To get off to that good of a start on the front nine, and I would say the first six are probably the more challenging holes out here, so getting off to a good start was big for me. I couldn’t cruise because it was still really difficult, but I was able to be more conservative.”

Like Power, the 31-year old has split time between the Korn Ferry and PGA Tour during the 2020-21 season. His win comes more than three and a half years since his first title at the 2017 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship having featured regularly in Europe before trying his hand at the PGA Tour.

“I was playing really, really well, playing in Europe,” reflected Uihlein. “I think I had a really good summer leading into it. I was oozing with some confidence. This one was totally different. I hadn’t played that well over the last couple of years.

“But since I restarted at Pebble I’ve been playing a lot better and trending in the right direction. Ohio State was a course that I would play really well at, and then historically I don’t play very well in desert golf. So this is a nice change of pace for me to have some success on this type of golf course.”

 

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