Seamus Power aware of the challenge for Ryder Cup places

PGA Tour winner Seamus Power is under no illusion as to the challenge that awaits him as he strives to make the European Ryder Cup team.

The Irishman eked out a one-stroke victory at the Butterfield Bermuda Championship on Sunday to notch up his second PGA Tour title. While the victory earns him a decent paycheck, world rankings points and further qualification for the PGA Tour, Power has loftier ambitions.

With several prominent European golfers joining LIV Golf and seemingly taking themselves out of the Ryder Cup, the race for places on Europe's team has been blown wide open.

Power's latest win saw him jump up 87 places to eighth on the world points list for Team Europe. But the veteran needs many more positive results if he is to make the team on points alone, a fact Power is keenly aware of.

"Looking from the outside, Rory [McIlroy], Jon Rahm and then Matt Fitzpatrick or Viktor Hovland, they rack up so many points," the 35-year-old told Sky Sports.

"I feel like to get one of those [world points places] you have to be very close to be winning a major, certainly like a solo second of something. I knew that from the start, to be honest I'm still in the same spot.

"For me, the European spots would be very difficult to get also, but there are six wildcard spots and I know if I play well and continue to get good results, I'd hope to be in the group for picks."

In the meantime, Power is reveling in his Sunday heroics.

"The win itself is massive," he continued.

"It's so nice. It guarantees you're on Tour until the end of 2025 and when my manager said that out loud to me, it's a very comforting feeling to be honest.

"It's very nice. It's nice knowing that's there, no matter what. It makes it a lot easier to play at a high level of golf when you don't have to look over your shoulder a little bit."

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