Thursday 29 September 2016

Waterford golfer moves closer to PGA Tour card after big $100,000 win in America

Published 02/05/2016 | 18:33

BROUSSARD, LA - MARCH 17: Seamus Power hits his drive on the seventh hole during the first round of the Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by NACHER held at Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club on March 17, 2016 in Broussard, Louisiana. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
BROUSSARD, LA - MARCH 17: Seamus Power hits his drive on the seventh hole during the first round of the Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by NACHER held at Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club on March 17, 2016 in Broussard, Louisiana. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)

Irish golfer Seamus Power took a big step towards gaining a PGA Tour card for next season after seeing off some stiff competition to win the United Leasing and Finance Championship on America's Web.com Tour in Indiana.

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The tour is one step below the PGA Tour and those who finish in the top 25 on the money list are awarded cards on the main circuit for the following season.

Power finished strongly last night, making birdie on 17 and saving par with a tricky 12 foot putt at the last to post a bogey free final round of 67, which gave him a one stroke tournament win. The Waterfordian is the first Irishman to ever win on the Web.com tour, and the $108,000 prize elevates him to seventh on the money list.

He has currently banked $131,733 this season, which is just $30,000 short of the 25th placed golfer last year.

Speaking to PGATour.com, Power expressed his delight at the win but was firmly focused on his overall goal.

“That’s [PGA Tour] where you’re trying to get," Power said.

"If I didn’t see myself doing that, there wouldn’t be a point in playing. This is a huge win but, at the same time, it’s a stepping stone for where I’m trying to be. But it’s a huge step, so I’m excited.”

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