It’s too bad this tournament doesn’t start with the letter B. Seamus Power is now a two-time PGA Tour winner after prevailing at the 2021 Barbasol Championship and last week at the Butterfield Bermuda Championship.
He was the only top-50 player from the Official World Golf Rankings on the island, and looked like it by making the fewest mistakes of any down the stretch.
Power carded rounds of 65-65-65 to co-lead through 54 holes with Ben Griffin. It wasn’t the prettiest, but Power steered it home with a Sunday 70 to win by one over Thomas Detry and two over a trio that included Griffin.
A bogey-birdie-bogey-bogey-birdie-bogey finish called for some Pepto Bismol after the round.
At least the stress was worth it. The Irishman is now up to a career-high 32nd in the OWGR. He also gets the perks that come with winning a standard PGA Tour event, even if the field was substandard.
Power ranked fourth in the field in putts per green in regulation (1.556) and T-1st in sand saves, getting up and down on both occasions.
The 35-year-old has a good short game, which can be amplified on shorter courses like El Camaleon. Power was 24th last season in strokes gained per round around the green (.557).
He’s 2-for-4 making the cut at the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba. He debuted with T-28th (68-66-64-76) in 2016. It was destined to be more as he sat just three shots off the lead going into Sunday before a tough final round.
Last year resulted in T-11th (68-67-67-68). No final round jitters there, it was just lacking the requisite round or two of 65 or better to hoist the trophy.
Power was T-7th in the field in 2021 in greens in regulation (76.39%). He also did not make a double bogey or worse. That’s a feat on a tight course with thick rough.
The knock on Power is his inconsistency against tougher fields. A run to the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and T-9th at the PGA Championship helped his cause in that regard.
He’s got a good shot at qualifying for his first Ryder Cup team next year. Beating the likes of Americans Collin Morikawa, Scottie Scheffler, and Billy Horschel, as well as potential teammate, Viktor Hovland, this week in Mexico would get captain Luke Donald’s attention.