Seamus Power has withdrawn from Thursday’s The American Express event in La Quinta for scheduling reasons rather than injury concerns.
Power has opted to travel to Torrey Pines next week to compete in the $9 million Farmers Insurance Open event instead of joining fellow Irishman Shane Lowry in this week’s field.
The two-time PGA TOUR winner has been replaced by Erik Barnes.
The Waterford man returned from a five-month injury layoff during the PGA Tour’s Hawaii swing and recorded finishes of T50 and T74 at the Sentry and Sony Open respectively.
A persistent hip injury curtailed the second half of Power’s season and ended his already fading Ryder Cup hopes but he did manage to make the BMW Championship in the FedEx Cup playoffs which earned his passage into all the signature events on the PGA Tour this term.
While at this early stage in the season it is about getting competitive action under his belt, Power has slipped to 89th in the Official World Golf Ranking and rather than look over his shoulder at the top-100 he needs to put a run of results together, especially in the signature events, if he is to make a dash for the top-50 and a spot at the Masters in April.