"10 feet from the hole, I jumped out of my chair" - Seamus Power on a nerve-shredding PGA Tour lifeline

Waterford golfer talks to Joe about just about securing his PGA Tour card

BY Raf Diallo 14:25 Thursday 5 October 2017, 14:25 5 Oct 2017

Seamus Power of Ireland hits out of the bunker on four during the third round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Eagle Point Golf Club. USA TODAY Network/SIPA USA/PA Images

When we last spoke to Seamus Power in August, he was in the midst of a battle to secure his PGA Tour card for another year.

A couple of months on and that target has been accomplished by the US-based Waterford golfer but it was a close run thing.

A 48th place finish in the Web.Com Tour Championship was just about enough to earn him 25th place and put him among the top 25 who retain their PGA Tour cards.

As the 2016 Rio Olympian immediately starts the new golf season, he joined Joe to talk about the tight margins - $287 in fact - that kept him on tour.

"It was probably the most nervous I was for a couple of days on the golf course," he said of the finale to the Web.com Tour Championship.

"Because when I finished, in particular, it was just out of my control. There were another couple of guys left and fortunately a couple of guys missed putts they needed to make.

"So yeah, I was lucky and you get started straight away so there's no time to really enjoy it and look back on anything so I get started in the morning and played my practice round to get ready."

He delved into the sense of nervousness he felt in those closing stages.

"You're aware of the implications of if you make it or if you miss," he said, before touching on Matt Harmon, whose putting deserted him which worked out in Power's favour.

"It was horrible watching. Him and then there was another guy, Castro, who had a 40 or 50 footer on the last green eagle which if he made, he would have made me.

"10 feet from the hole, I jumped out of my chair because it looked like it couldn't miss. It just runs along the top edge of the hole and misses.

"And that's why I knew for sure. My drive back was a lot easier after that, for sure." 

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