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Thursday 22 August 2019

Power's focus turns to Ohio in bid to keep his Tour card

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

Brian Keogh

Seamus Power must battle to regain his PGA Tour card at the Korn Ferry Tour Finals after he failed to make the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings in Greensboro last night.

The West Waterford man (32) opened with a 64 at the Wyndham Championship to raise his hopes of clinching the top-five finish he needed to hold on to full playing privileges for the 2019-20 campaign

But having opened with an encouraging, six-under 64, he followed rounds of 69 and 71 with a one-under 69 to finish tied 61st in the clubhouse on seven-under-par.

The Tooraneena native was projected to move up just two spots to 142nd in the FedExCup standings, which means he must now battle for one of 25 cards via the three-event Korn Ferry Finals, which start in Columbus, Ohio, next week.

In the final women's major of the season, Japan's Hinako Shibuno rammed in a 15-footer for birdie on the 72nd green to win the AIG Women's British Open at Woburn.

Playing outside Japan for the first time, the 20-year-old overnight leader gave the chasing pack encouragement when she went out in one-over-par.

Sealed with a kiss: Japan’s Hinako Shibuno celebrates her British Open golf championship triumph at Woburn Golf Club. Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images
Sealed with a kiss: Japan’s Hinako Shibuno celebrates her British Open golf championship triumph at Woburn Golf Club. Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

But as Korea's Ko Jin-young shot 66 to get to 16-under in her bid for a third major win this season, American Lizette Salas set the clubhouse target at 17-under with an impressive seven-under-par 65.

Dubbed the Smiling Cinderella as her manager - following her outside the ropes all week - dressed in fancy dress to keep her relaxed, Shibuno did not wilt but stormed home in five-under 31 for a 68, finishing with a birdie to pip Salas and capture the final women's major of the year.

On the Challenge Tour, Cormac Sharvin continued his impressive campaign for a European Tour card when he finished tied for sixth in the Vierumäki Finnish Challenge.

The Ardglass man (26) closed with a five-under 67 to finish just three strokes behind Portugal's José-Filipe Lima on 11-under par, picking up €5,840 to remain ninth in the money-list race for 15 European Tour cards.

European Tour regular Gavin Moynihan (24) shot 69 and Portmarnock Links' Robin Dawson (23) a 70 to leave them one stroke further back in joint 11th.

Lima (37) came from five shots behind 54-hole leader Rikard Karlberg, carding a spectacular, six-under 66 to finish one shot clear of South African Bryce Easton on 14-under.

Amongst the over-50s, Welshman Phillip Price (52) won the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship at London Golf Club to claim his second Staysure Tour title in three years and €65,556.

The 2002 Ryder Cup star followed rounds of 67, 66 and 71 with a five-under-par 67 to win by two shots from New Zealand's Michael Campbell, South Africa's James Kingston and Australia's Peter Lonard on 17 under.

Paul McGinley (52) made four birdies in the final round, but four bogeys in an eight-hole spell mid-round meant he signed for a level-par 72 to tie for ninth on 11-under.

The Dubliner won €11,234 while Mark McNulty's 71 was enough for 24th on five-under as Des Smyth (66) shared 49th on one-over after a 74.

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