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Dublin: 13 °C Thursday 21 February, 2019

Relief as Seamus Power just retains US Tour card

A Sergio Garcia meltdown was good news for the Waterford man.

Power in action on Friday.
Power in action on Friday.
Image: SIPA USA/PA Images

SEAMUS POWER MANAGED, just about, to hold on to this US Tour card, thanks largely to a poor Sergio Garcia performance in the final round of the Wyndham Championship  .

The cut-off point was 125th place on the FedEx Cup points standings and Power came in bang on 125th.

The Waterford man missed the cut at the final PGA Tour event of the regular season and it looked like he might be without a card for 2019. But Garcia carded three bogeys on his back nine to finish tied 24th and down to 128 in the points race.

The big winner at Sedgefield Country Club was Brandt Snedeker, who capped a wire-to-wire win with a long birdie putt on his final hole to card a final round 65.

Snedeker, who shot a rare 59 in Thursday’s opening round, finished in style as he rolled in the 20-foot birdie putt to claim a three-shot victory over fellow American Webb Simpson and Taiwan’s C.T. Pan at the US PGA Tour event.

PGA: Wyndham Championship - Final Round Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

“To do it here and shoot 59 Thursday, be in the lead all week, deal with that pressure every night, and step up to the plate and shoot a 65 means the world to me,” said Snedeker, who won his first PGA Tour title at this event in 2007.

“There is a lot of stuff going on that is making me emotional.”

Snedeker had to complete 29 holes on Sunday to earn his ninth career win after organizers halted play on Saturday because of thunderstorms in the Greensboro, North Carolina area.

Pan was tied with Snedeker with three holes to play but stumbled to a double bogey on 18 to finish with a four-under 66 and three off Snedeker’s winning tally of -21. The 26-year-old said he regrets not taking more time before hitting his errant drive on the 18th which flew to no man’s land.

PGA 2018: Wyndham Championship AUG 18 C.T. Pan with his wife and caddy Yingchun Li. Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

“I had some noise in my head,” Pan said. “I should have back off and cleared it but I chose not to.

“Just one bad shot. I played a great round, just one bad shot.”

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