Seamus Power bounced back from a missed cut at last week’s Safeway Open to grab a top-20 finish at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi.
In his second event of the new 2018/19 PGA Tour wraparound schedule, the West Waterford golfer looked back to his solid self, firing a four-under-par final round of 68 to secure outright 19thspot on 11-under-par.
Power fired five birdies in a round of golf that saw him pick up a cheque worth $61,600 for a confidence-boosting early season finish.
“Thank you to the Sanderson Championship for a great week in Jackson,” he tweeted. “Fantastic tournament and course. Now off to Vegas for the Shriners Open.”
At the top, a new name was heralded at the championship as the aptly made, Cameron Champ, an amateur this time last year was crowned a PGA Tour winner.
In just his second start as a PGA Tour member, the 23-year-old birdied five of his final six holes to secure a four-shot victory in style over Corey Conners. Champ shot a final-round 68 to finish at 21-under 267, the lowest score in the five editions of the Sanderson Farms at the Country Club of Jackson.
“It’s pretty unreal,” he said, recalling how close he came to not turning professional at all. “I can think back to second stage when I kind of almost choked with three holes to go. I made a great putt on 17 to move on to finals.”
Advancing to Q-School’s final stage guaranteed him Web.com Tour status for 2018. He finished sixth on the money list, including a win at the Utah Championship, to earn his tour card. It will be some time now before he relinquishes the privilege.