On any of the prior Saturday’s Seamus Power has competed at the Wyndham Championship the Irishman would have good cause to be really disappointed.
Saying that, walking off with a third round two-over par 72 on this, his fifth visit to Sedgefield Country Club, was not part of the script for the reigning Barbasol Championship champion.
It was his second highest round in 16 loops of the Greensboro layout and two fewer than the 74 he shot in missing the third round cut in his 2017 debut in the event, while Power also shot a 74 on day one a year later to eventually miss the halfway cut.
This year it really doesn’t matter that he shot a ‘moving day’ 72 and dropped some 12 spots to head to day four at just one-under par.
You only need to take your eyes further right on the PGATour.com website page line showing Power’s scores for the three rounds to note, in the bigger Play-Off picture, that he is projected to drop one place to 74th on the FedEx Cup standings.
In three of his last four visits to the Wyndham those following Power’s progress, in what is the final event in the ‘regular’ season event, would be fixated on his FedEx Cup projection.
Once only was there a real genuine nail-biting weekend and that was the scenario bizarrely when he’d missed the cut back in 2018.
The funny thing was that Power was back in his Charlotte residence and on the edge of his seat watching TV coverage of the closing two rounds and thinking that after arriving at the Wyndham at 123rd on the FedEx Cup, and then having missed the cut, it was the end of his year.
It didn’t work out that way though with Sergio Garcia, the 2017 Masters champion, delivering Power his 2018/19 membership lifeline when the Spaniard doubled the last during his final round which saw Power secure the magical 125th place cut-off place on the standings to earn full PGA Tour membership in that manner for a first time in his Tour career.
But alas, no biting of nails this year despite Power’s disappointing day in continuing meltdown conditions and signing for a card that included three birdies, among them a six-footer on 18, but also three bogeys and a 15th hole double-bogey where he found the water guarding the green with his second.
Put the round down to a combination of maybe not having played for three weeks and the sapping heat and humidity.
Power’s enormous Irish pride should kick-back in today as next week he’s got a Thursday tee-time at Liberty National for a second showing his career at the Northern Trust.
Russell Henley meanwhile, maintained his lead at the tournament and he is on 15-under par after equalling his lowest opening 72-hole score on the PGA Tour and will be looking to improve on his best to date finish at the Wyndham of T9 back in 2020.
Henley holds a three stroke advantage over second placed Tyler McCumber who came into the week off the back of six straight missed cuts with a group of six players one stroke further back on 11-under par.
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