Molinari breaks his duck as Power slips further back
Seamus Power was well positioned at the Quicken Loans on the PGA Tour on Saturday morning but come Sunday night he will have been cursing his luck after a pair of weekend 72’s dropped him down the leaderboard to a T53 position. Francesco Molinari – Image from Getty Images Power, who had been in tied 20th position before he teed up on Saturday, is trying to tie-up his PGA Tour card for next year and in fact admitted that he was missing the Irish Open this week due to that very goal, closed with a double bogey 6 on the final hole at TPC Pontomac and signed for a final round 72 which dropped him from a share of 41st at the start of play to a share of 53rd and in turn dropped his earnings from $24,850 to $16,208 for the event. In the winners enclosure Italian Francesco Molinari blitzed the field to capture his maiden win on the PGA Tour and become the first Italian to win on the Tour for 71 years. Molinari had plenty of room to spare too as his closing round of 62 gave him an eight shot cushion over nearest challenger Ryan Armour and he collected the winners cheque for $1,278,000.
“Amazing. It still has to sink in,” he said. “I’ve always said that the next stage of my career would have been to winning over here, and to do it in this fashion, it’s even better. I’m very proud the way I played today, probably some of the best golf I’ve ever played and I’ll ever play in the future. I think it’s hard to play better than this.”
“I gained massive momentum with the eagle on 10 as it was a great putt there, great second shot 11, and yeah, from there it was just kind of autopilot. But it’s not easy, even when you have a large lead, to keep pushing and keep going at flags and keep making the putts. So as I said, very, very proud.”