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Over the past few years, Seamus Power has been in the form of his life, with the 35-year-old securing his first PGA Tour title at the Barbasol Championship, as well as a number of top-10 finishes.
Now, the Irishman is looking to join a select few, as Power has decided to join the DP World Tour in a bid to secure a Ryder Cup spot in Rome for 2023, with the 35-year-old's results in co-sanctioned events counting towards the Race to Dubai.
Currently, Power ranks 48th in the world and is the 10th highest placed European in the rankings. With his current form, it is likely that he will rise further up that list, making him a real possibility for the Ryder Cup in 18 months time.
"With the Match Play this week, the PGA Championship, the Irish Open and the Scottish Open all looking good, I thought it was a good idea, especially with the Ryder Cup in mind," Power stated, before defeating Sungjae Im 5&4 at Austin Country Club.
"I don't have to play much this year because I'll have affiliate membership, but if it goes well, I believe next year I have to play four events outside of the WGCs and the Majors. But for this year, if I play the four events I mentioned, I am covered."
Currently, recently appointed European captain, Henrik Stenson, has yet to announce the start date for the qualifying campaign for Rome. However, if players are to make an appearance in 2023, they must be a member of the DP World Tour (Formerly the European Tour).
This was the case some years ago with Paul Casey, who decided to drop his European Tour card to play on the PGA Tour. By doing so, the Englishman also forfeited his opportunity to feature in the Ryder Cup.
He did return three years later though, with Casey stating: "I have missed my contribution to British golf, my contribution to Europe. My Ryder Cup experiences have been the highlight of my career. I want to be - and need to be - part of the European Tour, and then obviously that puts me in line to hopefully, possibly, play another Ryder Cup, which I would dearly love to do.'"
Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
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