Delighted Power has Open mind after sponsor's invite to Lahinch
West Waterford's Seamus Power is heading to Lahinch and gunning for Dubai Duty Free Irish Open glory and a dream Munster homecoming.
While Team Ireland's Cormac Sharvin and Gavin Moynihan have received invites from Sport Ireland, Power (32) has been handed a sponsor's invitation by Dubai Duty Free following his stellar run of recent form on the PGA Tour.
He's not coming back just to enjoy the party atmosphere in Co Clare and backed by Paul McGinley, who will host the $7 million Rolex Series event from July 4-7, he's hoping he can make it a three-week trip home to remember and also set his sights on qualifying for The Open at Royal Portrush two weeks later.
"I haven't played the Irish Open since 2013, so I'm absolutely over the moon," said the Tooraneena man, who played as an amateur in 2005 before returning as a mini-tour professional six years ago.
"I'm going to have a few more people following me, and I haven't got to play much golf in front of friends and family, so they're all excited about it too. I'm just really looking forward to it. It's going to make my summer."
An Olympian in Rio three years ago, Power is ranked 108th in the FedExCup standings after recent back to back top-six finishes in the RBC Heritage and the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and a tie for 13th in the Wells Fargo Championship.