Seamus Power held his nerve to secure a one-shot victory at the Butterfield Bermuda Championship, his second PGA TOUR triumph, increasing his chances of appearing in next year’s Ryder Cup.
The Irishman hailing from Waterman, who’s only previous victory came at last year’s Barbasol Championship in Kentucky which entered him into the world’s top 50 for the first time in his career, fought off strong competition from Belgium’s Thomas Dentry after hitting three rounds of 65 and a closing round of 70.
The 35-year-old began the final day level for the lead with the U.S. rookie Ben Griffin however he fell away, bogeying four straight holes as well as double-bogeying on the par-3 16th while Power seized control with four birdies in the opening six holes on the Sunday.
Power entered the tournament as World No. 48 but this victory has propelled him to World No. 32 as he continues to eye up a possible place in the European team for next September’s Ryder Cup in Rome, an ambition which has been on his mind for a significant amount of time.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Power said: “This course was always going to be a tale of two sides.
“You’re going to make some birdies on the front and I knew it was going to be really hard coming in. I made hard work of it in the end, but I’m delighted to get it done.”
He added: “It’s a completely different feeling (to his first tournament win) but it’s just as special. I play a lot of tournaments and it’s going to take a little while to sink in.”