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Friday 24 May 2019

Power surges towards retaining PGA status

Seamus Power. Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images
Seamus Power. Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Brian Keogh

Seamus Power took another giant step towards keeping his PGA Tour card with an impressive weekend performance in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The West Waterford star and his Canadian playing partner David Hearn made the cut on the mark at TPC Louisiana before racing through the field by following an eight-under 64 in Saturday's fourballs with a priceless 68 in last night's foursomes.

Bogeys at the 16th and 17th could have proved costly, but they made their seventh birdie of the day at the par-five 18th to finish up on 20-under par, tied fifth overall, and on course to move Power up considerably in the FedExCup race.

After jumping from 189th to 141st in the standings following his tie for sixth in the RBC Heritage, Power was projected to move up to around 117th, with only the top 125 on August 4 keeping their cards.

The event was won by John Rahm and Ryan Palmer who finished on an impressive 26-under total.

Graeme McDowell, who had a disappointed end with Henrik Stenson in New Orleans - dropping from sixth to tied 18th on 17-under, has described Edoardo Molinari's desperate plea for professional golf to speed up as "flogging a dead horse".

The Italian Ryder Cup player vented on Twitter and published an in-house list of players who had been given bad times and fined by the European Tour this season.

But McDowell believes its an unwinnable war.

"I hear where Edoardo is coming from, but he is, what shall we say, flogging a dead horse?" said McDowell, who admitted he had been put on the clock five times on the PGA Tour this year and was halfway towards a $25,000 fine.

"It's not a dead horse, but it's pretty dead. What do you want to do? We can't get around much quicker."

Elsewhere, Spain's Jorge Campillo claimed his maiden European Tour win at the 225th attempt in the Trophée Hassan II on the Red Course at Royal Dar Es Salam.

Michael Hoey (74) tied for 35th (€18,500) on three-over, with Paul Dunne (71) a shot further back in 38th and Gavin Moynihan (82) tied 63rd on nine-over.

Meanwhile, Leona Maguire tied for 46th on eight-over after a 74 at the Meryem Cup on the adjacent blue course, won by Italy's Nuria Iturrios, on the adjacent Blue Course.

Derry's Rúaidhrí McGee tied for 13th on 18-under after a 71 with Naas' Conor O'Rourke joint 36th on 12-under after a 72 at the Turkish Airlines Challenge, which was won by Scotland's Connor Syme.

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