Saturday 3 December 2016

Late Power surge brings Seamus into contention

Golf

William S Callahan

Published 13/08/2016 | 02:30

Seamus Power of Ireland during Round 1 of the Men's Strokeplay competition. Photo: Sportsfile
Seamus Power of Ireland during Round 1 of the Men's Strokeplay competition. Photo: Sportsfile

Irish golfers are hardened to playing championship golf in tough weather conditions and yesterday's rain and wind in Rio resonated with Seamus Power on day two of the men's golf competition at the Olympics.

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Power (29) played enough times in the traditionally weather-lashed West of Ireland championship and other GUI majors to stay calm when the going gets tough.

He did, however, have to smile when Paul McGinley, the manager of the Irish Olympics golf team, brought up the subject of 'the West.'

Speaking to RTE Sport, Power said: "That's what Paul said to me walking up the second fairway, that this is what all the years playing at Rosses Point will help me for, but it wasn't very nice for a while.

"It made the front nine play longer, it was just tougher, there was a lot going on, trying to get the umbrella up and down and stuff like that."

The US-based Web.Com Tour player, who can look forward to playing on the PGA Tour next year, filed a creditable 67, 4-under par, for tied-10th.

His shot of the round was a pitch-in from 30 yards for an eagle two on the par-4 16th.

"I didn't finish as well as maybe I would have liked again, but I made some putts in the middle of the round, so I guess that kind of happens.

"It's never the most enjoyable lunch when you don't finish as well as you want, but it gets me a decent position going into the weekend so that's all that I can ask for," said Power.

Padraig Harrington shot 71 to remain at -1 overall, and he needs a good round today to chase the medal positions.

Australia's Marcus Fraser led the field for the second successive day, scoring 69 for 10-under par, one ahead of Germany's Thomas Pieters, and two clear of Open champion Henrik Stenson.

Irish Independent

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