Seamus Power admitted his knees were knocking in holing a testy three-foot putt on the final hole for par and be assured of contesting all four rounds of the Northern Trust at Paramus, New Jersey.
Power was the last to tee-up on day two of the opening event of the FedEx Cup Play-Off Series and the very last to putt out in a round of a second straight score of a level par 71 and walk from the course at 6.28pm local time.
As the proud West Waterford golfer emerged from the scorer’s hut clearly delighted with his efforts he was advised by the scorer he would be first out on Saturday in tackling the Ridgewood Country Club club.
And to co-incide with his third round tee-time confirmation, Tiger Woods emerged from the practice putting green to walk just feet away from Power on his way into the clubhouse, and with Power quizzing the scorer: “Am I playing with TW? It will be pretty cool to play with Tiger but then I might shoot an 85 (laughing) but then it would still be great to be out with him.
Proud as punch … Seamus Power clearly delighted with himself in making the cut in the $US9m Northern Trust (Photo – www.golfbytourmiss.com)
Unfortunately, the response was ‘No’ and this after Woods had finished a short time earlier with similar scores of Power but taking a horror 35 putts over his second round.
Power’s second round was a mix of three birdies and just as many bogeys but no more special birdie than his effort on the par-5 17th when, needing to birdie at least one of his closing two holes, he split the fairway with a 317-yard effort before landing his second, a 3-wood of 258-yards, some 40-feet shy of the hole before a super chip shot to just over three-feet.
He headed to the last now needing a par, at worst, to secure his place over the weekend.
Power sent his second shot right of the flag with moments later his playing partner Jhonattan Vegas holing a 40-footer from off the green for birdie.
There was probably around 50 fans remaining to see Power line-up his third shot and using the putter to putt from also 40-feet and off the green right of the flagship before lagging his ball to just three from the pin. Power studied the putt at lenght before calmly finding the bottom of the cup.
“My knees were knocking a little bit over that last putt I have to say and any putt is never easy out there and you have to earn them but the great thing is I am here for the weekend and that’s nice even though it’s now first out,” he said.
“It has already been quite an amazing week to have been last into the field, last to tee-off today and last to putt out and now first out in the third round, so I’m going to be stomping around the greens tomorrow morning (laughing).
“The thing is looking at the leader board only 10 shots now cover the whole field and I know now if I can get off to a good start in the morning, I could be easily in with a shout. You never know, you never know.