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Thursday 17 August 2017

Power passes another test but honours remain elusive

 

Seamus Power was in the final group on day three in North Carolina, having got himself to five-under and a tie for second after two tough, wind-swept opening days. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Seamus Power was in the final group on day three in North Carolina, having got himself to five-under and a tie for second after two tough, wind-swept opening days. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

William S Callahan

Seamus Power's PGA Tour education continues to excite and frustrate in equal measure.

The Waterford tour rookie isn't quite an honours student just yet in US golf's big league - as his Saturday 77 at the Wells Fargo Championship showed - but he can console himself that he's giving himself decent opportunities.

Power was in the final group on day three in North Carolina, having got himself to five-under and a tie for second after two tough opening days. However, he was unable to kick on in the cauldron that was Eagle Point GC, never recovering from a nervous start on Saturday.

His closed the tournament with a one-over-par 73 yesterday to finish on one-over and perhaps left to rue a good chance gone abegging. Birdies weren't a problem for the talented Rio Olympian as he carded four in his closing round but they were compounded by five bogeys. Nevertheless, it's another exam out of the way - even if it wasn't one passed with flying colours.

Shane Lowry, like Power, mixed the good with the bad on his final day, carding a level-par 72 to finish on three-under for the event and inside the top 30. The Offaly ace hit four bogeys on his front nine but steadied the ship with a flawless three-birdie back nine of 33.

A promising charge by Graeme McDowell came up short. G-Mac was just a shot off the pace at the turn after three birdies took him to seven-under.

However, forcing the issue took its toll on the back nine and McDowell finished bogey-bogey for a level-par 72 and a top-20 finish on four-under par, six shots behind eventual winner Brian Harman.

The American holed a huge birdie putt on the last to win by a shot from Dustin Johnson and Pat Perez.

Meanwhile, England's Andy Sullivan called for more players to be given one-shot penalties and "named and shamed" for slow play following the inaugural GolfSixes tournament in St Albans.

The six-hole team event - won by Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen and Lucas Bjerregaard - featured a shot clock, with players allowed 40 seconds to hit their shots. American Paul Peterson was the only player to incur a one-shot penalty.

"It's embarrassing when we're playing on the Tour and it is taking so long. I personally think they need to be stricter with it," Sullivan said.

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