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Seamus Power has been enjoying the golf of his life over the last 18 months, and now he will make his first ever appearance at the stunning Augusta National, with the 35-year-old securing a spot at the Masters following his superb run at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
The Irishman had gone into the final day of the tournament top of his group, with two wins over Patrick Cantlay and Sungjae Im meaning he was in prime position to advance out of the group stages.
However, despite Power actually losing his final game to Keith Mitchell, it didn't affect the final result, with Cantlay putting Im away 2&1, leaving the Irishman a guaranteed place at next month's Major championship.
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It's an amazing achievement for Power, who, only 18 months ago, was ranked outside the world's top-500. Now, he sits inside the world's top-50, has a PGA Tour title under his belt and a future Masters appearance to look forward to.
What's more, Power has recently 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 only plies his trade on the PGA Tour. However, to secure a European Ryder Cup spot, players must also be members of the DP World Tour. With the Irishman ranking 48th in the world, he is also the 10th highest placed European and, on 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 all of that to look forward to, Power will now face off against his fellow European, Tyrrell Hatton, with the Englishman breezing through the group stages of the WGC-Match Play with an undefeated record.
After a 3&2 win over Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Hatton would go on to defeat Si Woo Kim 1-up, before putting away Daniel Berger 2-up. This was despite a controversial incident on the 9th hole, where Berger and Hatton got a little bit tense over a drop from a penalty area.
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.
Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?
Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°
Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°
Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°
Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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