Seamus Power fulfills a master’s dream of making the top 15 in Hawaii

Seamus Power took a step closer to a priceless Masters Invitational when he climbed to a career-high 63rd in the world, finishing 15th ahead of record-breaking Australian Cameron Smith at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

Myth carded eight-under 65 to win world No. 1 Jon Rahm (66) with a shot at 34-under par – the lowest 72-hole score in PGA Tour history.

Only three players made it 30-under or better in PGA Tour history before doubling that number at the Plantation Course in Kapalua on Sunday.

Rahm finished second at 32-under with Australian Matt Jones at 33-under after going 62-61 for the last two rounds, his 23-under tally is 36 holes short of a new record for the PGA Tour.

Power went to waste for his final 54 holes, but despite closing with a six-under 66 in a 20-under par 15th-place tie, he knew he had enough inside 15 feet to intimidate the leaders. Didn’t cast well enough.

“It was the same as yesterday, I played very well, but couldn’t quite go on the greens,” said the West Waterford man, running 31 putts on the second day and finishing the week 22nd. A 38-man fielder received a put for a stroke.

“We were talking about going down last. I think I was 18 for the last three rounds and bogey-free, and I didn’t field any.”

Power birdied two par fives on the front nine and converted 34 and went down a step with birdies in 11th, 12th, 15th and 18th to achieve his fifth top-25 finish out of seven earlier this season .

As a result, I picked up a check for $132,500 (€116,681) and moved up five places to 20th in the FedExCup standings.

“It’s one of those weird weeks, but you have to make some 15 feet, and my pace was a little low, and I couldn’t make it on the greens,” he said.

“But it was nice to get some birdies on the back there today and turn it into something respectable.”

The world’s top 50 will receive an invitation to the Masters on March 28 and Power is on track to make his debut at Augusta if he can continue this upward trend.

While he has already qualified for the PGA Championship at Southern Hills in Tulsa in May, he has to be among the world top 60 by May 23 or June 6 to qualify for June’s US Open at The Country Club in Brookline. is required.

The world’s top 50 players will also qualify for the 150th Open in St Andrews in July, with a top-five and tie, not otherwise exempt, also taking part in the FedExCup inside the top 20 Travelers Championship (26 June).

Power will have another chance to move up the world rankings at the Sony Open in Hawaii this week at the Waiale Country Club in Honolulu, where Graeme McDowell will make his 2022 debut.

Smith, who won at Waiale in a playoff in 2020, excelled in every aspect of the game at Kapalua, topping the field for strokes and strokes received from the tee, which has traditionally been his big weakness.

He made three eagles, three bogeys and 31 birdies in 72 holes to reach a career-high 10th in the world.

“Dude, it was intense,” Smith said after making three-and-a-half feet for a closing birdie to take out Rahm with a shot. “Johnny and I played well all day. We also had Matty in the group in front of us. So, yeah, the unreal round, something I’ll definitely never forget.

“I was trying to hit one shot at a time. I know it sounds weird. We talked about it earlier in the day. We wanted to get to 35-under. We missed it by one.” So, I mean, there’s sense in that, disappointing, but it’s great to come up with a W.”

Rahm made just one bogey throughout the week, but his tally of one eagle and 32 birdies (equivalent to a PGA Tour record) was not enough to give him his 14th win on his 126th start as a professional, but he went from ultra. Were not surprised – scoring low.

“Well, there’s only one defense on this golf course, and that’s the wind,” he said. “If people are shooting between 20-26-under with 20-mph winds, what do you expect us to do when there’s no wind at all. Maybe, maybe. Get gusts at 10 mph every time, right?”

He continued: “There’s a lot of positive stuff in it. There are some things I’ve been working on in the off-season that were a lot better today. The flight wedges I hit this week were a lot better than some of them In the past. I can still improve a lot, but it’s headed in the right direction and is trending, so I’m happy with it.

“My iron play was really, really good. I know I’m usually ball striking, but it felt amazing, and I made a lot of great shots today and it was great to even put.

“My Achilles heel is putting on this golf course, and it’s the first time I’ve cast well and cast well. So hopefully, I can continue this throughout the season and give myself more chances to win “