Seamus Power survived what he described as one of his most stressful days on the golf course — not to mention a couple of late scares — to win back his card and earn a second chance at PGA Tour glory in a nail-biting Monday finish in Florida.
The pride of Tooraneena and West Waterford closed with a level par 71 in the Web.com Tour Championship at Atlantic Beach Country Club near Jacksonville, finishing tied for 48th behind Jonathan Byrd to clinch the last of 25 cards via the Web.com Tour Finals money list by just €2,688 from 26th ranked Adam Svensson.
“It was very stressful,” Power confessed as he drove home to Charlotte to prepare for the opening event of the 2017-18 season in California later this week.
“It was so frustrating. When I didn’t get off to a good start, there was very little I could do to improve my own total so I was relying on other people not to go past me, which made it even worse.
“It was nice to sneak in there.
“There were leaderboards out there and after I got off to a bad start I was projected to 22 or 23 but then I made three or four birdies and I was projected to 26th,” Power said of the most stressful week of his life.
“It was hard to know what was going on and being on the other side of the golf course made it even more stressful.
“I got away with one in the end.
“That was about as stressed as I have ever been on the golf course when I was finishing. I was just the helplessness of the whole thing.
“That’s a horrible feeling to have.
“If you are out there and know that making some birdies coming down the stretch would make a difference, it would be a lot easier. But I am coming back down [from the stress]. I am not all the way down but I am getting there.”