Power becomes first Irish winner in Web.com Tour history
May 01, 2016
By Royce Thompson, PGATOUR.COM
- May 01, 2016
- Seamus Power won by one stroke over three others in Indiana. (Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
NEWBURGH, Ind. – Seamus Power posted the only bogey-free round of the day Sunday (5-under 67) to become the first Irish winner ever on the Web.com Tour, squeezing out a one-shot victory at the United Leasing & Finance Championship. After posting 12-under in the third-to-last group to become the leader in the clubhouse, Power’s chances seemed unlikely with Roger Sloan two shots ahead of him heading to the 17th and Cody Gribble a shot ahead as well with two to go. But that’s when the dominoes started to fall. Sloan put his tee shots in the water at each of the last two holes and made back-to-back bogeys. Cody Gribble then had a one-shot lead but made bogey at the 17th and hit it in the water over the green at 18 to allow Power to come-from-behind for his first ever Web.com Tour title.
“It still hasn’t really sunk in. Crazy day,” Power said. “But, yeah, obviously, over the moon. It’s going to take me a couple hours to figure out what it all means, but yeah, right now I’m just very happy and obviously over the moon.”
Power was a last man standing of sorts Sunday, the only player in the final groups to adequately conquer the difficult 17th and 18th holes – the 2nd and 3rd most difficult holes on the course – on the way in. The 29-year-old made birdie at the 17th to get to 12-under and thought he needed another birdie at the 18th to have a chance. At the last, he laid the sod over his second, but produced a lengthy up and down to save par. That ultimately proved the deciding shot. Power endured a lengthy 30-minute wait, though, on the driving range for the last two groups to finish up, preparing for a playoff that ultimately wouldn’t ever happen.
“To be honest, I was just trying to post a number and hope for the best,” Power said. “I knew the finish was playing very, very difficult, so to pick one up at 17 was a huge bonus. Then got a good up and down at the last after a poor second shot. So when I finished I didn’t think it was going to win, but I saw some of the guys dropping shots and just hoped for the best. It obviously worked out.”
For Gribble, he leaves Victoria National wondering how in the world his second at 18 went in the water. He hit a blistering draw in that was tracking all over the pin, landing just a few feet short of the hole that looked like it was going to set up a solid chance for a birdie and the win. Instead, the ball refused to stop and ran off into the drink behind the green. Neither he nor Adam Schenk, who had a 20 foot look at birdie, could hole their putts to force a playoff.
With the $108,000 winner’s check, Power jumps to No. 7 on the Web.com Tour money list. With $131,733 in earnings this season, Power’s just 30,000 short of the threshold it took a year ago to secure a PGA TOUR card at the end of the regular season.
“That’s where you’re trying to get. If I didn’t see myself doing that, there wouldn’t be a point in playing. This is a huge win, but at the same time, it’s a stepping stone for where I’m trying to be. But it’s a huge step, so I’m excited.”
The three runner-ups, Jonathan Randolph (22nd), Schenk (13th) and Gribble (19th), each jumped into the top 25 on the money list, respectively.
Seamus Power wins United Leasing & Finance Championship
* Sunday weather: Scattered storms, High: 77, Low: 62, Winds: SW 8-15 mph.
* This week’s purse is $600,000, with $108,000 going to the champion.
* Seamus Power becomes the first player from Ireland to win on the Web.com Tour.
* Power is the third international player to win this season (Sebastian Munoz – Club Colombia Championship; Brad Fritsch – Servientrega Championship).
* Power moves from No. 47 on the money list to No. 7.
* Power’s 12-under-par 276 total is a new tournament record.
* Power earns his first Tour trophy in his 33rd start.
* Power started the third round five shots back in a tie for fourth.
* Power’s 5-under 67 was the only bogey-free score in Sunday’s final round.
* Coming down the stretch Power went par-birdie-par to close out the tournament.
* Power’s triumph comes at age 29 years, 1 month, 27 days. He becomes the third player in his 20s to win this season (Sebastian Munoz – Club Colombia Championship; Wesley Bryan – Chitimacha Louisiana Open, El Bosque Mexico Championship).
* Power’s win is first top-10 performance this season.
* Power’s season in a glance:
Panama Claro Championship – CUT
Club Colombia Championship – T53
Chitimacha Louisiana Open – T35
Brasil Champions – T28
Servientrega Championship – T35
Mexico Championship – T15
United Leasing and Finance Championship – 1
* Power’s victory comes in his second start at Victoria National GC.
2015 – T62
2016 – 1
* Power is the fifth first-time winner this season on Tour (Ryan Armour – Panama Claro Championship, Sebastian Munoz – Club Colombia Championship; Wesley Bryan – Chitimacha Louisiana Open; Brad Fritsch – Servientrega Championship).
* Before his victory on Sunday, Power’s best showing on Tour was a T9 at the 2015 Digital Ally Open.
* Power’s Statistics for the Week:
Fairways Hit 43 of 53 T20 Greens in Regulation 54 of 72 T16 Scrambling 13 of 18 1 Sand Saves 2 of 5 T36 Total Putts 113
About Seamus Power
BIRTHDATE: March 4, 1987
BIRTHPLACE: Waterford, Ireland
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-3, 200
RESIDENCE: Charlotte, North Carolina
EDUCATION: East Tennessee State University (2010, Accounting)
TURNED PROFESSIONAL: 2011
JOINED TOUR: 2015 Web.com Tour Graduate (2014)
* The third-round leader/co-leader has won two of seven events this season on Tour.
* Jonathan Randolph bogeyed the 71st hole to fall one shy of a playoff with Power. The T2 is his best performance on Tour since a T2 in the 2015 playing of this event.
* Randolph jumps from No. 78 to No. 22 on the money list.
* Indiana native Adam Schenk made a costly double bogey on the par-5 15th to drop out of a share of the lead. Schenk had a 20-foot birdie try on the finishing hole but missed it and had to settle for par. With more than 100 friends and family in attendance, the Tour rookie recorded a T2, his best showing on Tour.
* Schenk started the week No. 34 on the money list, he enters the off week No. 13.
* Cody Gribble bogeyed the final two holes to finish one back of Power. In 32 events played on Tour, the T2 is Gribble’s best performance on Tour.
* Gribble moved from No. 63 to No. 19 on the Tour money list.
Bogey Free Rounds:
R1 – Bhavik Patel (65)
R2 – Sebastian Vazquez (63), Bhavik Patel (69)
R3 – Brett Drewitt (68), Daniel Mazziotta (69)
R4 – Seamus Power (67)
Victoria National GC course statistics:
Front (36) Back (36) Total (72) R1 36.510 37.613 74.123 R2 36.045 37.174 73.219 R3 36.320 37.151 73.471 R4 35.915 36.692 72.607 CUM
36.258 37.080 73.338
* NEXT WEEK: The Web.com Tour is idle before heading to Raleigh, N.C. for the Rex Hospital Open contested at TPC Wakefield.
Seamus Power interview after winning United Leasing