Seamus Powers into World’s Top-50 after sharing third in Hawaii

Bernie McGuire

Seamus Power (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

Seamus Power has moved inside the world’s top-50 and the hopeful assurance of a Masters invitation following his third place finish at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Power’s superb new season form continues with a closing round of 65 for a 19-under-par tally on the Wai’alae course in Honolulu.

The West Waterford golfer was tied with American Kevin Kisner (64) and four adrift of Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama who pulled-off the shot of the tournament in the play-off to defeat Russell Henley after each had ended regulation play tied at 23-under-par. Matsuyama posted a closing 63 to Henley’s 65.


Matsuyama had come from two back at the start of the day, and also five adrift heading to the last nine, to defeat a  haemorrhaging Henley with a stunning 3-wood into the setting sun to three-feet for an eagle 3 at the first extra hole, the par-5 18th. It is the Japan golfer’s eighth PGA Tour triumph.

Henley, winner the event in 2013, raced to six-under through nine holes but stalled horribly to play his closing nine in one-over. He then took bogey in the play-off. The American the copped plenty of ‘stick’ on Twitter for his slow play.

No such concern for Power who continues to impress after his break-through success last September.

Power’s effort in Honolulu has seen him jump 14 places to the new World No. 49 with the top-50 at the end of March, and not otherwise exempt, earning an Augusta National invitation. Shane Lowry is now just one spot ahead of Power after dropping three places to 48th.

If successful in this goal of being inside the top-50, it will be the 34-year-old Power’s maiden major appearance.

Though Power was more delighted with thoughts of securing his place in the season-ending play-offs, though not until August.

“Yeah, it’s great. You know, I don’t know how many points or anything I’ll get. I think I’ll have probably my spot in the playoffs locked up after this week,” he said.

“That’s a nice one. It’s by far the earliest I’ve ever had it locked up before so it’s kind of new territory for me.

“Yeah, the goal is to be in East Lake at the end of the year for the Tour Championship, FedExCup Playoffs. That goal doesn’t change after this week. It’s just kind of just adds a couple points to my total, but a long ways to go.”

The now Las Vegas-based Irishman got the final round start he wanted with an opening pair of birdies to then be right in contention.

However it was not until the ninth that he grabbed a third birdie of the day before a dropped shot at 11.

Power bounced back with a brilliant 12th hole birdie, holing from just off the green before adding four straight pars.

He stepped-up to his ball at 17 and sent a 16-foot birdie putt into the cup while a two-foot birdie on 18 was Power’s fourth birdie at the last in as many days.

Having gone so close to a second Tour win, Power was understandably a little disappointed in his efforts.

“It was funny, it was kind of an up and down day,” he said. “It was poor today. I was a bit disappointed with it, but the putter kind of got hot, so it’s interesting. I mean, that’s golf sometimes, isn’t it?

“I feel like I didn’t miss a shot and couldn’t quite get putts going until the end, and today I made nice putts on 1, 2, 4, I don’t know, a few others in there, too, so it kind of kept me going.

“I feel like I balanced it out. Obviously I wasn’t able to get it going enough today to keep up with some of the guys there, but overall good week.”

Power is heading back to the mainland to make it three in a row in teeing-up in Palm Springs in eastern California for the American Express.

“Yeah, I really enjoy playing there. Anyone who has been to Palm Springs in the winter, it’s beautiful,” he said.

“The grass is greener. Normally it’s perfect conditions. I mean La Quinta Country Club to me is the best condition course I think I’ve seen. It’s incredible.

“I really enjoy putting there. Yeah, as you said, a couple decent finishes there. Haven’t played for a couple years, so hopefully I can get it rolling again once I get back there.”

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3 responses to “Seamus Powers into World’s Top-50 after sharing third in Hawaii”

  1. Ray McGowan avatar
    Ray McGowan

    Well done Seamus a great weeks golf delighted to see you inside top 50.Onwards and Upwards

    1. Gerry o avatar
      Gerry o

      Well done Seamus. Now to conquer Augusta.

  2. Peter Wallace avatar
    Peter Wallace

    Excellent play Seamus,that flat stick is like a magic wand !Any chance of a putting lesson upon your return to the auld sod ?!

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