Seamus Power hangs on to win in Bermuda for 2nd PGA title

SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda (AP) — Seamus Power did enough good and left all mistakes to PGA Tour rookie Ben Griffin on Sunday to win the Butterfield Bermuda Championship for his second tour title.

Power took the lead for good with a 25-foot birdie putt on the 14th. A bogey on the last hole gave the Irishman a 1-under 70 and a one-stroke victory over Thomas Detry, who had previously hit a bunker shot on the 18th for a birdie and a 67.

But it was Griffin who had the best chance.

Just over a year after Griffin worked as a loan officer, he had a chance to win on the PGA Tour and go to the Masters. He started the back nine at Port Royal with back-to-back birdies, putting him at 5 under for the day and with a two stroke lead over Power.

And then everything fell apart.

Griffin bogeyed four holes in a row, followed by a double bogey at the par-3 16th that effectively ended his chances.

The turning point came in the 14th when Griffin hooked his tee shot, had to take a penalty and make his third consecutive bogey, while Power birdied his putt for a two-shot swing and his first lead of the day.

The two bogeyed on the 15th. Griffin hit a hard shot in a strong wind that entered the danger over the Atlantic Ocean, resulting in another penalty and another missed putt for a double bogey.

“This journey was always going to be a two-sided story,” Power said. “I knew it was going to be tough getting in and it was. I’m glad I did.

Power won the Barbasol Championship in Kentucky last year, held the same week as the British Open. This victory places him at 32nd in the world. He arrived in Bermuda at No. 48, the highest-ranked player in the field.

After making four straight bogeys and then a double bogey, Griffin used the iron off the tee on the par-5 17th and watched him race across the fairway and into the water. He took his third penalty in four holes, despite having made at least a par.

Power went just over the green and chipped 3 feet for a birdie, giving him a two-stroke lead over Detry and room for error going into the final hole.

“It was a fun week. I hate to end the tournament the way I did,” said Griffin, who shot 72 and finished tied for third with Patrick Rodgers (65) and Kevin Yu (67). as I gain experience, I will become more comfortable.”

Griffin and Power were tied heading into the final round, and it was Griffin who took control early with four birdies in the first six holes. He looked like a winner when he birdied putts on the 10th and 11th to extend his lead to two strokes.

But he missed a par 6-foot putt on the 12th, and he missed a par 4-foot putt on the next hole, and it only got worse from there.

DIVOTS: Aaron Baddeley, who qualified on Monday, was in the mix until a pair of late bogeys. He was still tied for sixth and was among those earning spots at Mayakoba next week in Mexico for finishing in the top 10. … Tennessee rookie Caleb Surratt shot a 64 to make the cut. He followed that up with an 85 in the third round, only to improve 20 strokes with a 65 on Sunday.

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