Seamus Power to make Masters debut after match play advances
Seamus Power has enjoyed the golf of his life over the past 18 months, and now he will make his first-ever appearance at the magnificent Augusta National, with the 35-year-old earning a place at the Masters after his superb run at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play .
The Irishman entered the final day of the tournament top of his group, with two wins over Patrick Cantlay and Sungjae Im, meaning he was in a prime position to exit the group stages.
However, although Power actually lost his last match to Keith Mitchell, it didn’t affect the end result, with Cantlay putting Im out 2&1, leaving the Irishman a guaranteed place at next month’s Major Championship.
It’s an incredible feat for Power, who just 18 months ago was ranked outside the world’s top 500. Now he’s in the top 50 in the world, has a PGA Tour title under his belt and a future Masters appearance to look forward to.
Additionally, Power recently decided to join the DP World Tour in a bid to secure a place at the Ryder Cup in Rome in 2023, with the 35-year-old’s results in co-sanctioned events counting towards the Race to Dubai. .
Currently, Power only plies his trade on the PGA Tour. However, to secure a place in the European Ryder Cup, players must also be members of the DP World Tour. With the Irishman ranked 48th in the world, he is also the 10th highest ranked European and in his current form is likely to climb further up that list, making him a real possibility for the Ryder Cup. in 18 months.
With all that to look forward to, Power will now face fellow European, Tyrrell Hatton, with the Englishman going through the group stages of WGC-Match Play with an unbeaten record.
After a 3&2 victory over Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Hatton went on to beat Si Woo Kim 1-up, before putting Daniel Berger 2-up. This was despite a controversial incident on the 9th hole, where Berger and Hatton got a little tense after falling from a penalty area.