Power hoping Oak Hill set-up aids PGA Championship bid

John Craven

Seamus Power (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

Séamus Power is hoping this week’s PGA Championship set-up at Oak Hill proves similar to last year’s Southern Hills assignment where the West Waterford man enjoyed a top-10 finish on debut.

Power warmed up for this week’s Major test with a T19 finish at the Byron Nelson where he capped a fine performance with a final round 64 for a 16-under par tournament tally.

“I am very much looking forward to it,” Power told Irish Golf Desk.


“It is only my second year of being in majors —it’s only major number six for me—and I really enjoyed the PGA last year.

“I felt it was set up really well. Obviously it’s a  completely different course but the setup…. I thought it suited my game.

“So I’m hoping for something similar and I’ve heard nothing but good things about Oak Hill so I can’t wait to get up there.”

Power was encouraged by most facets of his game last week at TPC Craig Ranch and his stats looked strong, the 36-year old ranking 18th in Approach to the Green, 16th Around the Green and 12th overall in Strokes Gained Tee to Green.

The shortest club in his bag was the only one causing a headache, Power losing shots to the field on a week where he ranked 58th in putting but he saw enough in his final round 64 to suggest the ball’s not afraid of the dark ahead of another Major opportunity.

“I hit it really well again but couldn’t quite get it going on the greens even after a good start but a lot of good stuff is going to give us a lot of confidence going into next week which is cool and hopefully I pick up a few decent points this week,” said Power who consolidated his position in 12th place on the FedExCup standings.

“My game feels very good,” he continued. “I made a couple of changes with the woods over the last few weeks, change of shafts and stuff, and it’s really paying off from the tee.

“My irons have felt good for a while so I am giving myself more opportunities in the fairway.

“The putts didn’t quite go in this week but I feel like I’m hitting a lot of good putts so that’s always a positive sign.”

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