Power has major championship glory in his sights

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After winning his second PGA Tour title in 15 months, Seamus Power has set his sights on winning a Major championship next year as he aims to keep progressing in his career.

The rise of Power has been something to behold. This time two years ago the Waterford native was 463rd in the world and scrapping for Monday qualifiers and invites into events.

Now at a career-high 32nd having won the Bermuda Championship on Sunday he is targeting a Major win.

Sunday’s win was his first 500 FedEx Cup point event – a step up from the 300 point event at the Barbasol in 2021. The next step for the 35-year-old is to put himself in position in the bigger events and he sees no reason why he can’t be in the thick of it on a Sunday in a major championship.

“That’s the only reason you’re going to play. Obviously the microscope is bigger and the pressure’s going to be a lot bigger. But I saw last summer my game hold up really well. I felt like I played very well in the Masters, couldn’t get my putter going, but I really felt I played very well in the U.S. Open and the PGA. To see my game kind of hold up under those kind of conditions, it was very encouraging.

“Yeah, I feel like I can. Obviously depending on the courses and that sort of stuff, but I feel like if I can get myself in a good spot, I should have at least an opportunity to win on Sunday. I haven’t really experienced that in a major yet so who knows, but that’s definitely the goal. So to get there, as people say, give yourself a chance with nine holes to go and see what happens.”

Power was speaking to the Irish media ahead of the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba before teeing it up in Sea Island, Georgia in two weeks at the RSM Classic which will bring his superb 2022 to an end and which has brought him a win, four major championship debuts, a top-10 at the PGA Championship and progression to the second of the three FedEx Cup playoffs.

With an exemption until 2025 and spots in the upcoming major championships secured for another season, Power will finalise his 2023 schedule – which will include the Horizon Irish Open at the K Club – with perhaps a little word of advice from European Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald.

“I’m not going to change my schedule for whatever, the short term. I’m going to play here in Mexico and then I’m going to play in Sea Island, Georgia, in whatever that is, in two weeks’ time and then I’m going to be done for the season.

“Probably right after Georgia I would imagine I’ll finalise the Spring. There’s so many more options. That win opens up a lot of doors for me, gives me a lot of options and more flexibility on kind of where I can play and not having to worry about being in the Playoffs and all this kind of stuff. So it’s going to open up options.

“I’ll say I’ll know probably in the next three weeks how it is more, so my January I think is going to be the more confusing, or not confusing but the one with the most options with that new team event in the Middle East and I think I might have the option of playing some of the events out there and trying to balance that with the new elevated stuff on the PGA TOUR.

“Again, a win and the 500 points makes those decisions a lot easier, gives me a lot more flexibility. I’m going to talk to Luke and I’m going to talk to a couple people like that over the next few weeks and then kind of get my plan together for starting January.”

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