Séamus Power is hoping to get more super fans to follow after he continued his meteoric rise by shooting five Under-65s to compete for the Connecticut Travelers Championship.
The West Waterford man had to qualify on Monday for the event last year. But he has since become a first-time winner and climbed to the highest level of his career at #36 in the world and with his high confidence, he hopes he can continue after moving inside a shot of the lead at TPC River Highlands.
“This is probably going to be my first year on the Tour where at this time of year I’m in a really good place, and I’m not worried about the top 125 and all that kind of stuff,” said Power. “It definitely helps, it’s easier to play more freely, and it shows in some of my grades. Yeah, it’s a fun stretch. I was at the US Open last week, I’ve always liked this golf course, and then I go and play the Irish Open next week and then The open after that. It’s going to be a great extension of golf.”
He was followed on the course by local member Tim O’Brien, who has followed him since last year when on Monday he qualified for the event with a 65.
“You saw it, yeah,” Power shot, who was just a shot behind early success pioneers Patrick Cantlay, Harris English and Nick Hardy at age eight.
“Yeah, it was cool. Apparently 18 months ago that was nothing. Your face obviously comes out a little bit more, you’re on TV a little bit more, and good golf kind of leads to that.”
Meanwhile, the DP World Tour has fined the rebels, including Graeme McDowell, £100,000 (€116,000) for playing at the LIV Golf event at the Centurion Club without being released. Players have also been notified of their suspension from the Genesis Scottish Open and Barbasol Championship (July 7-10) and the Barracuda Championship (July 14-17)
At the BMW International Open, Niall Kearney shot four goals for the Under-68 to drop the maximum of four players.
He shoots 11 shots behind China’s Li Huotong who shot 67 to lead Ryan Fox with 15 shots underground as Jonathan Caldwell 74 shots and Cormac Sharvin 78 to miss five or more and nine.
In the Challenge Tour, Ruaidhri McGee followed his 62nd opening with 73 to drop three shots off pace at the Blot Open de Bretagne. The 31-year-old Derry man, who is playing his second event since 2019 after taking time in the game due to Covid, was clear three times after opening day.
But while he made it to 11 under the championship through 11 holes, he made a five bogey back home to move back to fourth place in sixth with six less. He’s three shots behind, behind Frenchman Robin Siegrist, who hit 67 to make one shot off Alfie Plante.
Dermot McElroy, who was fourth through 10 holes in the first round, made his comeback by adding a five-under-65 to 70 opening to participate in sixth with five-less.
Gavin Moynihan also made the cut, taking 70 to 43 at the same level as Robin Dawson missed two shots.
In amateur golf, England’s Jesse Becker and Louise Ridqvist of Sweden will take on the 119th Women’s Amateur Final after putting on unforgettable performances in Hunstanton.
BMW International Open, 12.30
Travelers Championship 6.0
Women’s PGA Championship, 6.0
US Open, 11pm (Sky Sports)