By Fatiha Betscher, Abu Dhabi
Seamus Power was jetting home to Las Vegas slightly disappointed by his efforts this past two weeks but clearly pleased with his game in his debut showing in the Middle East.
Power produced a closing round 69, capped by eagling the pair-5 seventh hole though sandwiched in between two bogeys, while he delighted in playing his 10 holes on four-under with back-to-back birdies at 11 and 12, and with the effort over the four days securing him a top-25 finish at 10-under in debut at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
“I have really enjoyed the two events, I really have but I just struggled on the greens here at Yas,” he said.
“I had one little hot spell there on Thursday with four birdies in five holes, so it was a bit frustrating on the greens. I just didn’t hole anything today with an awful bogey on one, and then three-putted the second and a three-putt on six, so it’s just one of those sort of days and with a lot of three putts the last couple of rounds.
“Though a lot of good stuff with my ball-striking is as good as it’s been and at this time of the season is very, very encouraging. Yes, a lot of good stuff”.
And when asked to compare both Abu Dhabi venues, having contested last week’s Hero Cup and a course that hosted the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship from 2006 to 2021, Power slightly favoured the ‘tighter’ National course.
“Each course is very different and with the challenge of this Yas Links golf course being, as I was saying, in and around the greens while we didn’t play last week’s course set-up as it was normally when the tournament was held at the Abu Dhabi club,” he said.
“Last week was definitely a tougher driving course while this course is more of a fun course and a little more enjoyable with the links element, and the very good kind of faster greens and the complicated slopes with every hole playing differently.
“So, overall it’s been a positive two weeks and while they didn’t go the way I wanted to go, I’m leaving here really happy”.
Power, accompanied by his girlfriend Casey Nelson were heading ‘up the road’ to Dubai for a flight home to Las Vegas ahead of Power’s next event and the February 2nd starting AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and an event he’s contested for the past four years and coming off a T9th a year ago.
“We’re leaving late tonight and get back early Monday morning US time, so a few days off and then head to Pebble,” he said.
“I played well there last year, so I’m looking forward to returning and the challenge the event presents.”