Séamus Power admits he’d relish the chance to team up with compatriot Shane Lowry on the Great Britain and Ireland side at January’s Hero Cup.
In what’s to be a Ryder cup dress rehearsal for Team Europe, the Irish pair were picked among 18 players unveiled by European Captain Luke Donald as GB&I face-off against Continental Europe in the re-imagined Seve Trophy from January 13-15.
Power, who earns selection following his second PGA Tour victory last month at the Bermuda Championship, was understandably thrilled to get the nod.
“It’s amazing to be named in it,” Power told Independent.ie.
“I haven’t been a part of anything like this before but it will be incredible to meet everyone and represent my team.
“I’d love to play with Shane. With the golf he has played this year and knowing his game, I think we would make a strong partnership. But I would be very happy to be matched up with anyone really.”
The West Waterford man looks to be a real contender to enter the fold for a Ryder Cup debut next September in Rome having kicked on from his maiden PGA Tour victory at the Barbasol Championship in 2021 to now sit at a career-high 28th on the Official World Golf Rankings.
It’s been quite the journey for the now 35-year old who was ranked outside the top-400 in the world at the start of the 2021 season.
Power will hope to shine for Team GB&I Captain Tommy Fleetwood at the Hero Cup where he’ll join the likes of Major winner Shane Lowry and experienced Ryder Cupper Tyrrell Hatton.
“Having the experience of Shane and Tyrrell will be invaluable for the rest of the team in a match play environment, but I think we are really strong throughout the team,” Fleetwood said.
“We have proven winners in some of the biggest DP World Tour events and it will be great to have Séamus with us following his excellent start to the season in America.”
Indeed, Power’s bright start to the season, which also includes a T3 finish at Mayakoba and a T5 at the RSM sees him lead the early FedEx Cup standings having already amassed $1,892,737 before the turn of the year.
Suitably, Power begins his 2023 calendar year at the $15m Sentry Tournament of Champions before heading out to the Middle East for the Hero Cup and the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. He also intends to play the Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the two bumper $20m tournaments in the Phoenix Open and the Genesis Invitational.