Séamus Power may be targeting the Majors and Ryder Cups but he admits his partnership with Douglas caddy Simon Keelan has been the key to his rapid rise from 463rd to 32nd in the world over the past 19 months.

The recently crowned Butterfield Bermuda Championship winner believes that competing for a big win next year could be key as some of the biggest names in European golf battle for just three spots on Luke Donald’s team across the world points roster.

But speaking from El Camaleón Golf Course in Mexico, where he will once again be a candidate for this week’s World Wide Technology Championships in Mayakoba, Power insisted that the tie-up with Keelan was a big part of his success when it came to dealing with pressure.

Pointing out the things that have made the difference over the past 19 months – corrective elbow surgery, improvements in his technique and his move to mental trainer Dr. Bob Rotella – it’s the can that made all the difference.

“Simon was a great addition,” Bauer said. “I really feel like that when I’m competing and stuff. It’s kind of a game-changer in those situations. I found myself in a much better place on the course, especially with Simon to help. The moment I got the can in one week, I think it was 19 in a tournament The Canada Open, I kind of knew I was into something.

“You know, I had a really good bag before, John Rathose, but the Irish connection to me was great. It’s just a little easier. As any Irish person knows, we have a slightly different sense of humor, we always make fun of each other somewhat. Just Having that kind of ease around and back is very good.Simon is a very good golfer and I love that on the bag.I know he played a lot of golf at a high level when he was younger.So having all of these things and communicating really well together, I think it’s massive.

“Everything is always great when it’s going well, but in those weeks when it’s not there and you’re really trying hard to make cuts or really trying to hold on to the end of the championship, but it’s not going well, like it’s huge in the Those cases. Yeah, it’s been a big plus in the past few years now.” Keelan will be key to Power as he looks to position himself in the mix of one of golf’s Big Four in 2023.

“Yes, I totally mean,” Power, 35, said when asked if he felt he could win the Major, having finished 27th in the Masters, ninth in the US PGA Championship, and twelfth in the US Championships. open this year.

“That’s the only reason you’ll play. Obviously the microscope is bigger and the pressure is going to be a lot more. But last summer I saw my match hold up really well.

“I felt like I played very well in the Masters, couldn’t run the racket, but I really felt like I played very well in the US Open and the PGA. Very encouraging.

“Depending on the courses and that kind of thing, I feel like if I can put myself in a good place I should at least have a chance to win on Sunday. I haven’t really tested that in a major yet so who knows, but that’s definitely the point. Giving yourself a chance with nine holes to go see what happens.”

As the Ryder Cup qualifying period ends the weekend before the Horizon Irish Open, which has been moved from early July to September 7-10, Power knows that snatching one of the three places on the European team across the Ryder Cup World Points roster could depend on the major .

Power, who admitted his phone has broken since his victory in Hamilton on Sunday to secure an exemption from the PGA Tour until the end of 2025 and a start on all major PGA Tour events next year, admitted.

“Rory and John Ram or Victor Hovland, they take a lot of points. I feel like having one of those, you probably have to at least be very close to winning a major, definitely like a solo second or something.

“Honestly, I’m still in the same place, I think those world points are going to be very difficult. And for me, it will be very difficult to get the European spots as well.

“But there are six wildcard positions, and I know if I can play well and continue to do well, I will at least be in the group, whatever you call it, in the group to choose from. Yes, that still continues to be the goal. No It’s still early days in the process, but getting a win and getting a bit more radar was a nice bonus.”

Currently at number eight on the World Points roster, Power has decided to stick to his Fall Series schedule and play Mayakoba this week and the RSM Classic on Sea Island in two weeks before closing into the new year.

He will resume in the winners-only Sentry of Champions in Kapalua from January 5-8, but admits his January schedule is now over as he prepares to decide where to play with the new Champion Cup at Abu Dhabi Golf Club January 13-15 – A new version of the old Seve Cup between continental Europe and Great Britain and Ireland – high on his priority list “I won’t be able to play them all because, like I said, I’m starting in Maui now, which is obviously the other side of the world, so that kind of change, Power said of the January schedule that offers a chance to play the Sony Open, where he finished third last year, the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am as well as the Middle East swinging in the DP World Tour.

“If I’m going there (to Abu Dhabi), I will definitely try to play event after team event,” said Power, who has also received congratulatory messages from Donald and former Ryder Cup captains Insert Harrington and Paul McGinley. As a phone call from Shane Lowry. “It’s a week long trip.”

While the Irish Open won’t count towards Ryder Cup points, Power cannot want to play for K Club as a Tour Pro with his Wentworth debut the week before.

“I’m sure they were like talking to Rory and guys like that,” he said of changing the date from July to September. “They are the players who will make sure they are there. I hope this adds something to the field, but no matter the date, if I had the option to play, I would definitely be there. It will be a very exciting week.”

After ranking 463rd in the world in March 2021 and rising to a career-high of 32 this week, the Tooraneena native insisted he has higher ambitions and that reaching 25th in the world is one of his goals for the remainder of the PGA Tour season.

“I still have big goals,” he said.

“As soon as I won a 300-point event (in Kentucky last year), the goal was to win a full 500-point event, so Bermuda has clearly outgrown that event. But I still have other big goals for this season.

“I’ll reset them, obviously, at least to a certain extent, but I wanted to finish the season in the top 25 in the world, making the Ryder Cup obviously huge, and I’ve never had the Tour Championship so that’s another big one I want to get to. This helps on all fronts. It’s a great start to the season, so we’ll see if we can continue.”

Donald will be tasked with selecting the Champions Cup team, and Power is keen to do everything in his power to facilitate the Englishman’s selection if he fails to automatically qualify for Roma.

“I was really enjoying watching[The Sword Cup],” he said.

“I don’t actually remember why they got rid of it, but it looks like it would be something very similar.

“We grew up playing a lot of games and stuff. I don’t watch a lot of golf on TV, but I’ve always had fun with it. Obviously, the Ryder Cups and something like that are obviously on a different level even, but I always thought it was very entertaining.”

“And I think it’s good for Luke to maybe come up with some ideas for partnerships and even just get the players to get to know each other a little bit more and that kind of thing for the Ryder Cup. So it would be a very cool thing to be a part of.”

Getting his schedule right will be crucial and he plans to talk to Donald as well as Harrington and McKinley about what he should be playing as he doesn’t want to sully his notebook.

“I remember even when I was in Rio, I remember Paul McGinley, I won’t name names, but he was telling me a golfer he would have chosen if he had gone and showed a little more interest in me, I think it was an event in Denmark soon before the Ryder Cup and the player didn’t go and he didn’t get the pick” , recalls Bauer.

“So I definitely don’t want a situation like that, so I’m definitely going to talk to Luke, sure. I’m going to try to talk to Paul and Padridge as well, you know, they’ve both been captains before and what they’d like to see from a guy who’s based in the States but still wants to play in the Ryder Cup.

Before I finish any schedule, I will definitely talk to these guys and see what we came up with.”

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