Power confident his game has turned a corner despite missed cut

Ronan MacNamara

Seamus Power (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Seamus Power feels he isn’t far away from playing some of his best golf as he waits for his luck to change after narrowly missing the cut at the 151st Open Championship in Royal Liverpool.

Power needed to eagle the par-5 18th and asked his caddie Simon Kealan to whip out the flag but his chip for an unlikely three from the back of the green went chasing by the hole and while a closing birdie gave him the faintest of hope of sneaking into the weekend at the time, he says he found some renewed confidence despite bowing out at the Open prematurely for the second successive year.

“I was saying to Simon on the last, this is probably the best I felt in my game for a long time. It’s kind of just golf being golf at the moment. It’s kind of frustrating, but it happens,” said the West Waterford man who will take a fortnight off before the FedEx Cup playoffs.


“Yeah, couple of poor shots. Actually played nicely but really struggled on the greens for a couple days and a couple mistakes.”

Power only made four birdies across the 36 holes but on Friday his round was littered with errors. He carded two double bogeys on the 8th (out of bounds) and par-3 13th (two attempts from the green side bunker) while a penalty drop cost him a bogey on 10.

All in all, it added up to a 75 and a four-over total with the cut set to fall on +3.

“I think I only made two birdies again today, was it? I think I only made four total. Not enough. Just disappointing, kind of poor golf to be honest. It’s always a pity missing by one,” said Power who is without a top-10 in 2023 and withdrew from the Scottish Open after nine holes last week.

“Back nine I played pretty similar; the front nine was a little bit harder for us, but not much though. Just like the fourth hole, we played it yesterday, you could kind of hold the green; today it was tough. Besides that it wasn’t up much. With wind direction I would say maybe a tiny bit former. Not much.”

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