For only a second time in his career Seamus Power has now formally booked his place into this week’s first event of the ultra-lucrative FedEx Cup Play-Off Series in New Jersey.
Power’s appearance, in what will be a first since 2018, was officially confirmed in the elite 125-player field after finishing in a share of 60th at the ‘regular’ season-ending Wyndham Championship in North Carolina.
The West Waterford golfer closed out his week in melting conditions with a fourth round 68 for a three-under par total on the Sedgefield course in Greensboro. Power’s place in the Play-Offs was confirmed following last month’s maiden PGA Tour triumph at the Barbasol Championship with his Wyndham effort confirming he’ll head to the Liberty National course overlooking ‘The Big Apple’ as 73rd on the FedEx Play-Off standings.
He’ll then need to be the top-70 on the money list to be assured of teeing-up in the following week’s BMW Championship and then be inside the top-30 to be heading to the Tour Championship the following week in Atlanta.
American Kevin Kisner won the Wyndham holing a four-footer for a birdie in a PGA Tour equal record-setting six player playoff who all had ended regulation play on 15-under par. Aussie Adam Scott had a similar length birdie putt at the first extra hole but missed the putt to send the event back to the 18th for a third time on the final day.
Perhaps the biggest disappointment was the effort of England’s Justin Rose who three-putted the final green for a closing bogey and a round of 67 to share 10th place on 13-under par.
Rose arrived in North Carolina lying 138th on the money list and in putting for his par at the 72nd he was projected to secure the 125th and last place into the Play-Offs. Instead, the bogey dropped the Englishman to 126th overall on the standings, meaning he misses out on the Play-Offs for a first time for the former PGA Tour No. 1 since 2007.
“I wasn’t really playing for Top-125 for most of the day, I was playing to try to win the golf tournament and it’s hard to know exactly what you need to do out there, but you know each shot’s important,” said Rose.
“That’s kind of what the Playoffs is all about, right? It’s a knife-edged moment. I’ve been on the winning side at East Lake where a bogey was costly and a birdie got me back into the projected No. 1 spot, so I’ve been on the right side of it and maybe on the wrong side today.
“It’s not nice when it’s not in your hands, but obviously it was in my hands up 18. I didn’t do a very good job of that.”
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