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Travelers notes: Seamus Power finds out he has a super fan

Joe Arruda, Hartford Courant on

Published in Golf

CROMWELL, Conn. — Once Seamus Power finished his second round on 18 on Friday he hustled up the hill toward the clubhouse sporting a toothy grin, pleased with his 5-under-par 65 second round that helped him make the Travelers Championship cut.

Power looked down for a few seconds and then glanced quickly to his left — half of his focus on getting up the hill, half on the fans.

There was one fan who stood out. Tim O’Brien, a Glastonbury resident, wore a bright green shirt that featured Power’s face on its front, and the outline of the Irish map overlayed with the orange, white and green colors of the flag on its back – “Team Seamus,” it read.

As Power ran up the hill, O’Brien called out to him, sure to let the 36th-ranked player in the world know: “I’ve got to get a signature afterward!”

“I saw him,” Power said minutes later, tilting his head back with laughter.

“Hopefully I can get some more people like that going forward.”

 

O’Brien became a fan after watching last season right as Power’s career began to take off. The Irish golfer had four top-10 finishes in 2020-21, including a Barbasol Championship win after six playoff rounds. That July 2021 win made him just the fifth player from Ireland to win a PGA Tour event.

In the 2021-22 season, Power has five top-10 finishes and is No. 23 in the PGAs FedExCup standings. He finished 12th at the U.S. Open a week before coming to Travelers.

For O’Brien, who is of Irish heritage, Power was an easy and immediate favorite. “I just liked him,” he said.

“Eighteen months ago that wouldn’t have been a thing. Your face gets out there a little bit more, you’re on TV a little bit more, and good golf kind of leads to that (fan support),” Power said.

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