Seamus Power likes to stay on top of things even after joining the elite group of golfers who have won the PGA Tour.
The former East Tennessee State standout won the Barbasol Championship on Sunday, beating JT Poston in a playoff that lasted six holes.
“I’ve always felt very happy,” said Power. “I mean, I’m 34 and haven’t worked a day in my life. Every time I get to play a tournament or an extra year on tour, that’s a huge bonus for me. I love to play golf. This is my favorite thing to do. “
Now Power can say that his favorite thing to do is win golf tournaments.
Gained power while at ETSU. He won on the eGolf tour in the Carolinas. He was the first Irishman to win the Korn Ferry Tour.
And now he’s won the PGA Tour.
“Everything will change,” said the golfer, who made a hole-in-one during the Players Championship in 2019.
On June 22nd, Power had to qualify by Monday to make the field for the Travelers Championship. It’s a grueling route with 150 players pre-qualifying and then between 50 and 125 players trying to get one of four places for the tournament.
Since his last qualifier on Monday, Power has won $ 1,110,915 in four tournaments. He made $ 630,000 on Sunday. That earned him over $ 4 million for his career.
On Sunday, Powers was Power’s sixth consecutive Top 20 result on the PGA Tour. He’s 83 under par in these six tournaments combined – if you count his playoffs – including 52 under in the last three weeks.
“I didn’t really have a lot of chances to win,” he said. “I had some good positions after two or three laps, or maybe a couple of good final laps, but it’s been better lately. I’ve put myself in a couple of good positions and it definitely helped me where I felt a bit more in control than I would have been five months ago.
“It takes a lot of hard work to get to these points and I just got together at the right time.”
Power won five tournaments at ETSU and put Garrett Willis – also a PGA Tour winner – in second place in school history. Rhys Davies, a European Tour winner, had 10 wins at ETSU. Power’s college victories included the 2007 and 2010 Atlantic Sun Conference tournaments.
Poston was a two-time Southern Conference champion for Western Carolina.
The 34-year-old Power had played on the PGA Tour for the past four years. This year he had some PGA Tour status, but not enough to compete in tournaments every week.
“It’s tough, it’s frustrating,” he said. “You want to play more. You see guys playing in tournaments that pass you by and you see your FedEx number go down. “
He doesn’t have to worry about that anymore. The win put him in 69th place on Fed Ex Cup points and completely exempted him on the PGA Tour through 2023. He also gets him into the PGA Championship next year, as well as the Players Championship and the Tournament of Champions. In addition, he will be in the FedEx Cup playoffs this year.
The perks that come with winning can prepare a player for life.
“It’s going to be fantastic,” said Power, who moved up to 113th in the official golf world rankings. “I have to make my schedule. Much of the other stuff hasn’t arrived yet. “
Power underwent elbow surgery earlier this season and then had to retire from Zurich Classic when he tested positive for COVID-19. He has remained positive through all his efforts.
“My thought in golf has always been that if at any point I didn’t believe well enough to win or compete at the highest level, I would have stopped playing and done something else,” he said. “I think if you don’t have that path deep down, this is one of those points where you can say what you want, but only you will know these things when you look in the mirror. And I never lost that.
“I felt like I could always win at every level I was at, not the PGA Tour of course, so I felt like I could. That belief has definitely never left me. Fortunately it somehow got through. “
Through all the ups and downs, Power has remained grounded.
“Even if I didn’t win, my attitude … at least I would try to be very positive,” he said. “It’s still golf. I still get a check for playing golf and don’t have to work in the office from nine to five. I’m very, very lucky. “