This Ireland native still hasn’t found what he’s looking for at TPC Scottsdale, but he’s rounding into form with a win and two Top 5 finishes last fall. A beautiful day may await him at this year’s WM Phoenix Open.
- CURRENT WORLD GOLF RANKING: 28*
- CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Irishman won two Atlantic Sun Conference championships as an East Tennessee State golfer; two PGA Tour wins since turning pro in 2014
- BEST WMPO FINISH: Yet to come; missed cuts in 2019 and 2022
Mackin: Does the WM Phoenix Open live up to its reputation for being great “craic,” as the Irish would say?
Power: Oh, for sure. To me, there’s nothing like it. The first time I stood on the tee at 16 there in 2019, I’ll never forget that moment. It’s so unique. There’s nothing like it in golf, and [it’s] so fun to be a part of.
You’ve made par on the 16th hole during every round you have played there. Is that hole harder than people realize?
It’s one of those holes where if you didn’t have the atmosphere, it would probably be much easier. There’s a lot of adrenaline going in there. It’s definitely a birdie chance, but the atmosphere and pressure of being in that environment makes it a little harder.
Which Irish band would you most like to see play the Birds Nest?
I’ve always been a huge U2 fan, so would like to see them. And the Dropkick Murphys wouldn’t be so bad, either.
Do you ever curse in Gaelic after a bad shot?
I don’t. With all the microphones out there, I feel like it would be picked up in any language.
*As of 11/28/22