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Waterford's Power hangs on to PGA Tour card in Florida and it's all thanks to American Matt Harmon

The US golfer’s nightmare finish enabled Power to retain his card for 2018.

Great day for Waterford's Seamus Power (file photo). Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

WATERFORD’S SEAMUS POWER will get to play on the PGA Tour next season but only after surviving a nervous day in Florida yesterday at the Tour Finals and benefiting from American Matt Harmon’s form deserting him in the last two holes of his round.

Power ended up playing at Atlantic Beach Country Club after his final Fedex ranking of 130 left him just five places short of securing his card for 2018.

He made the cut in Florida by a single shot, a birdie at the 18th on Friday proving crucial, before shooting a level-par round of 71 yesterday, which ensured he finished 48th in the tournament and scraped into the top 25 overall to bag the last spot on offer.

Power endured a mixed round with a double bogey and bogey on his front nine threatening to derail his challenge before he got back on track with four birdies in six holes during his back nine.

A bogey on his 16th enabled American player Harmon to overtake him but then Harmon missed a birdie chance on 17 before a three-putt saw him finish with a bogey. A birdie-par finish would have seen Harmon get through and knocked Power out.

SeamusPower Source: PGA Tour

Relief then for Power after a dramatic and anxious few weeks. Had he missed Friday’s cut, he would have been $287 short overall of retaining the card.

The prize money gained from the weekend clinched it for Power as he ended up having $2,688 to spare over Adam Svensson in 26th place.

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