Ireland’s Seamus Power picked up the second victory of his PGA Tour career as a final 70 earned him a one-shot victory in the Bermuda Championship.
Power, 35, kept his cool on the back nine to fend off the challenge of second-placed Belgian Thomas Detry and boost his Ryder Cup chances.
Power shared the lead with American rookie Ben Griffin heading into the final day after three six-under-par 65s.
Griffin’s last lap of 72 meant he finished tied for third.
He had led by two after successive birdies at 10th and 11th, but then bogeyed his next three holes as Power’s birdie at 14 moved him up one place.
Detry finished with birdies on the 17th and 18th to push Power all the way with a final round 70, but Power closed out the win despite bogeying on the final hole when his approach shot slipped off the wrong front of the green.
The Waterford Power man’s previous win on the PGA Tour at last year’s Barbasol Championship propelled him into the world top 50 for the first time.
Starting the tournament in 48th position, he was the highest ranked player in the field this week in Bermuda.
Power has made no secret of his ambition to represent Europe at the Ryder Cup in Rome next September, and this victory has increased his chances tenfold.
“This course was always going to be a two-person story,” Power told Sky Sports.
“You’re going to birdie up front and I knew it was going to be very difficult to get in. I worked hard at the end, but I’m glad I did.”
He added: “It’s a completely different feeling (from his first tournament win) but it’s just as special. I play a lot of tournaments and it’s going to take a bit of time to soak in.”