Séamus Power is confident he has faith in his game to show in The Players Championship and forgets his battle to qualify for the Masters.
He, the West Waterford man has missed opportunities in his last three starts and is in the hot seat at world number 50 with just three weeks left before closing. But he insists the mental and technical test provided by Pete Dye’s Stadium and bad weather forecasts are his biggest worries this week.
“The ultimate challenge could be the conditions associated with the course,” Power said of the forecast for rain, winds of 30km/h and temperatures as low as 10C.
“It is a great golf course and the conditions will make it difficult.
“In terms of world rankings, I don’t think about it. It’s just something that comes with climbing the leaderboards. It’s an interesting thing to say about it, but if I hit my target, the rankings take care of themselves. My game is great and I love the course, so I’m excited to get started. ”
Power is strong from the tee and so are 2019 champions Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry in form, who finished second in the Honda Classic in his final start.
Lowry is eighth in his career, behind Justin Thomas last year and should be a factor in bad weather.
McIlroy showed when holding off Jim Furyk to a one-shot win in 2019 that he had the guts to handle one of the toughest finishes on the tour.
“The most important thing is just trust and commitment,” said world No. 6, who placed 15th and 16th before finishing with two intrepid analyses.
“It’s about believing in what you’re doing and being 100% committed to the shot you’re trying to take, not trying to guide it, not trying to be too careful with it. It’s almost like you almost have to let go and give up a bit of control.
“I think that’s when I definitely swing my legs and hit my best golf shots.
“When I win, I just show a lot of confidence and commitment in myself to take the shots I need to hit when trying to win the golf tournament.”
Former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley is at Sawgrass on television duty, and he thinks the weather will make it a huge test of mental strength, decision-making and shot.
“It’s going to test everything from start to finish – that’s the ability to be patient,” says McGinley.
“Golf is a game of adjustment and when you have unpredictable weather conditions, adjustment is really key when it comes to big decisions.”
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