While a five-over 77 will make for tough reading for Seamus Power on Sunday night, he is growing in confidence around Augusta National and feels he can give the Masters a run in the future.
Making just his second Masters appearance, Power made it two cuts from two at the weekend but a final round 77 gave him a seven-over total and a share of 46th place.
The Waterford native clearly looks comfortable amongst the azaleas and hopes he can have a tilt at the green jacket some day.
“It wasn’t my week this week, but hung in there, I suppose, the best I could. See what I can do, hopefully get back the next year and give it another run,” said Power.
“I was very pleased with how I putted this year. I can’t remember, I didn’t make a lot of birdies this year whereas this year, obviously I made some mistakes, I was a little looser, but I read the greens very well and saw some of those higher lines much clearer, which was very encouraging. That always gives you hope you can make birdies and that sort of stuff.
“Obviously a lot of room for improvement, but one of those tough days.”
The Tooraneena man opened his Sunday with a bogey but a treacherous run of four successive bogeys from the fifth sucked the life out of his final round and a double on the par-5 13th was another punch to the stomach.
Power rallied with three successive birdies before a bogey on 18 brought the curtain down on his tournament.
“I actually hit it well early, and I got a couple of bad breaks. Got it back, and then made a couple of mistakes and just took the wind out of my sails there.
“It’s tough out there today. It really is. There were some shots that were just you get a little gust of wind that you just don’t expect. Even on the 2nd, a lovely little wedge shot in there, and the thing flies, like airmails the green like it was almost straight down and it couldn’t be straight down. A couple of those.
“It was one of those days that you needed to have your best and I didn’t. That’s what happened out there today.”
It’s four cuts from his first five major championship appearances and the two-time PGA Tour winner has already cast an eye to May’s PGA Championship.
“I’ve heard great things about the course. It’s going to be interesting up there. It’s still early in the season that part of the world, like in May, but we’ll see. Absolutely any time you’re going to be in a major, you’re going to be excited about it.”
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