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Tuesday 16 July 2019

Power now in the right shape to compete among world elite

Ireland's Seamus Power. Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images
Ireland's Seamus Power. Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Brian Keogh

Seamus Power is quite literally making all the right moves as he bids to become a major PGA Tour star and a Ryder Cup player.

The Waterford man has enjoyed a significant upsurge in form since turning to Co Down coach Justin Parson earlier this year with much of his success down to correcting some niggling physical issues.

"Randy Myers, who is director of fitness at Sea Island, said Seamus was a great athlete with lots of speed and a good short game," said Parsons, who is now the head professional at the prestigious Georgia resort.

"I'd seen videos of Seamus, and I felt his posture wasn't where he needed to be, so we started to chip away at that. We then got a medically-minded fitness expert involved because he has some issues with his neck and sorting those out led to him being able to rotate better."

Parsons (43) believes Power has the game to become a huge success, and they've set more ambitious goals than merely keeping his card.

"Rather than going from one week to the next, he's set the ceiling a bit higher," Parsons said ahead of this week's Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands, where Power is joined in the field by European Ryder Cup skipper Padraig Harrington and world No 1 Brooks Koepka.

"Seamus wants to be a big-time player, and he wants to play in a lot of Majors and play in the Ryder Cup. And he's clearly got the desire, the work ethic and the resilience to do it.

"He's playing on the biggest stage in the world; he's graduated from eGolf to the Tour and to the PGA Tour, so his learning curve is already very impressive.

"So it was a relief to him to discover that some of puzzling bad shots he was hitting were beyond his control because of his posture and he's starting to produce some great results."

This week's event marks professional debuts for last week's leading amateur at the US Open, Norwegian Viktor Hovland, as well and former Oklahoma State star and current NCAA individual champion Matthew Wolff, who has taken on Rory McIlroy's former caddie JP Fitzgerald.

On the European Tour, England's Matt Wallace is looking to extend his lead at the top of the Race to Dubai when he defends the BMW International Open in Munich.

After finishing second at the Dubai Desert Classic in January, tied second and tied third at the British Masters and US PGA, and tied 12th in the US Open last week, he's not worried that he has yet to pick up a fourth European Tour win.

"Someone asked me the other day, would I change the results in Majors for a win," the world No 24 said.

"I don't think I would because I've tried to improve my results in Majors. My whole process is I want to win big tournaments now."

Irish golf has three players in the field in Paul Dunne, who is 70th in the Race to Dubai, joined by Gavin Moynihan and Michael Hoey, who are 131st and 145th respectively and keen to make a move.

On the LPGA Tour, Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow are in Major championship action in the $3.85 million KPMG Women's PGA Championship at 6,741-yard Hazeltine National in Minnesota.

On the Challenge Tour, John Ross Galbraith, Robin Dawson and Ruaidhri McGee tee it up in the €200,000 Andalucia Costa del Sol Match Play 9 in Malaga.

The top 64 after 36 holes of stroke play will compete in nine-hole match play at the weekend.

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