In a bitter blow to Seamus Power’s recent return to form, the West Waterford man has been ruled out of this week’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans after testing positive for the Covid-19 virus.
Power jetted into the famed Mardi Gras city buoyed by last week’s encouraging share of ninth place in the PGA Tour’s secondary tour event in Las Vegas.
However, in making his way to TPC Louisiana for this week’s team event where he was all set to again partner Canadian David Hearn, the 34-year old was shocked in testing positive and thus now having to undergo a 10-day quarantine period.
“I had no symptoms at all as I had the vaccination 12 days ago but I missed the exemption window by just two days,” said Power. “I was really looking forward to the week, especially after a positive week in Vegas.”
Two years ago when the event was last held, and given last year it was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Power and Hearn brilliantly combined with a last day 64 to share fifth place and each earn a very tidy $163,000.
The 34-year old is the second Irish golfer this year to be side-lined in testing positive after his 2016 Irish Olympic Games team-mate, Padraig Harrington was ruled out of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
The Tour indicated, as they do with all players, that Power would have the Tour’s full support throughout his self-isolation period under CDC guidelines. Power’s New Orleans place alongside Hearn in the unique team event has been taken by American Zach Sucker.