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Seamus Power: The 'next man up' for Irish golf at the Olympics

The Waterford native is next in line for a call up to the Irish Olympic squad.

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FOLLOWING THE WITHDRAWAL of Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry from the Rio Olympics, the door is open for others to fill that gap at the Games.

Pádraig Harrington and Seamus Power have been touted as the most likely replacements with the aforementioned obviously well known in Irish sporting circles with three Major tournaments to his name.

However, Power is yet to become a household name although he has been making significant strides during his short career as a professional golfer.

Son of Edmond and Philomena, the 29-year-old Waterford native has been regarded as a promising prospect since his teenage years.

He grew up and developed as a golfer playing junior tournaments against the likes of McIlroy and Lowry holding his own and becoming Irish Youths champion an astonishing three times.

He attended East Tennessee State University before turning professional in 2011, all the time furthering his development as a golfer. He made an immediate impact at ESTU winning the Atlantic Sun Conference Individual Championship in his freshman season.

He won a wide array of other accolades while at the university including the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate where he set a new school record with his three round score of 198 and the Atlantic Sun Player of the Month.

Currently sitting at 283rd place in the world rankings, playing at the Olympics in Rio would add to what has already been his most successful season to date.

Back at the beginning of May, Power won his first Web.com Tour event at the United Leasing & Finance Championship.

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Power became the first Irish winner in Web.com Tour history in the process as well as pocketing a neat $108,000 for his efforts. He finished the tournament with a record score of 12-under 276 at Victoria National Golf Club in Indiana.

The Web.com Tour is seen as a feeder tour for the PGA Tour with the top 25 earners gaining a much coveted PGA Tour card.

Power’s win in May has propelled him up the Web.com money list increasing his chances of earning that PGA Tour card dramatically as he currently sits seventh on the rankings.

PowerRankings Power is currently on course for a full PGA Tour card. Source: PGA Tour/Web.com

Power has already expressed a desire to participate at the Olympics and is not deterred by the ongoing Zika virus crisis.

Power’s position on the Irish Olympic Team is still anything but certain as he must wait until 11 July before the positions are decided while also ensuring no Irishman overtakes him in the rankings between now and then.

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