Power sets sights on final Open Championship spot at John Deere Classic

Bernie McGuire

Seamus Power (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

In-form Seamus Power has now firmly set his sights on joining Ireland’s four Open Champions in next week’s rescheduled Open Championship at Royal St. George’s.

Power, 34, will tee-up in Thursday’s starting John Deere Classic where the final qualifying place into the 149th Open is on offer for the highest non-exempt player. And Power certainly likes his chances after superbly securing a second top-10 on the season with his share of eighth place at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit.

In his 104 PGA Tour career events, Power has now played all four rounds on the PGA Tour for seven events in succession, beating his prior best in making the number of weekend rounds of four events in succession early in the 2019 season.


And his Detroit prize cheque of $211,875 has taken his 2020/21 Tour earnings in 13 events to $672,679 with more opportunities to come at Thursday’s starting John Deere Classic.

Power’s top-10 finish has seen him also jump 39 places on the World Rankings to a career high of No. 237 in the world. His super ‘Motor City’ showing has, more importantly, resulted in a leap of 19 places to 140th on the FedEx Cup standings and closer to the magical 125th position in retaining his card for the 2021/22 season.

However, with 11 PGA Tour events remaining in this 2020/21 season, it all depends on how many tournaments Power will gain entry.

“I’m into next week’s John Deere Classic and then the Barbasol Championship, hopefully the 3M in Minnesota, Reno and hopefully the Wyndham Championship,” he said.

“There’s a spot now available for The Open at the John Deere and maybe if I have a really good week, I can make a run at that.

“So, right now that is my schedule but then hopefully that will change if I can obtain a whole bunch of points and qualify for some of the bigger events.”

Power is yet to make his Major debut and if successful at Sandwich, would join Open Champions Padraig Harrington, Rory McIlroy along with defending champion Shane Lowry, as well as defending 2011 Royal St. George’s winner, Darren Clarke as winners of the Claret Jug.

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