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‘It was a bit scary. I’ve never had that happen to me before’: A medical emergency in the crowd delays Seamus Power in a sloppy third round

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Séamus Power made no excuses after a 77 ruined his chances at the Horizon Irish Open, but he could consider himself unlucky after a medical emergency in the gallery caused a delay and left him on the clock for the rest of the day.

he West Waterford star, exhausted after a grueling few weeks in the US, waited for almost 15 minutes while a spectator who had suffered a suspected heart attack was treated by doctors at the starting hole.

He then dropped three shots in his first 10 holes and followed up his only birdie of the day on the 13th with a bogey on the 14th and a double bogey on the 15th to go from fourth place overnight to a tied 3-under 56th.

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“It was a weird start to a round, and it was kind of fun because we waited 10-15 minutes and then we were on the clock for the rest of the day, so it was unusual circumstances, but I hope he’s okay, golf is just golf,” Power said. “It was kind of scary. I’ve never had that happen to me before and hopefully that guy’s okay.

“Yeah, look, it’s such an unusual situation, I’m sure it’s in the rule book, but we didn’t feel comfortable playing, we were waiting for the doctors and we weren’t sure what was going on, there were panicked people there.” . and I hit that bad shot on three, so obviously we’re behind.

“But that’s part of competitive golf, you never like to be on the clock, but if you lose time, it’s up to you to make it up.”

“To be honest, I felt bad for Jack because he was playing so bad, it was hard to make up time because he was all over the place.

“So I had tough shots, it was one of those days and it happens sometimes. But I hope to do better tomorrow.”

He trails 11 shots behind rising Polish star Adrian Meronk, who shot 68 to lead with a shot from fellow player Jack Senior (67), Paraguayan Fabrizio Zanotti (67) and overnight leader Jorge Campillo of Spain (70). ) with 14 under par.

He made no excuses when Senior managed to shoot five under next to him.

But he was clearly disappointed to have a bad day just as he was competing for the Irish Open.

Although he missed a beat and felt rushed to be on the clock, he refused to blame that for his bad day.

“I did a little bit, but that’s your own responsibility,” he said. “You have to learn to deal with it. It’s part of the game. You only have a set amount of time to move and it’s your responsibility.”

“No excuses, it was one of those days where everything went wrong. I took a lot of bad swings, so it was kind of disappointing.”

It will be tough to get up for the final round now, but Power is determined to finish on top.

“I’ll try to post the lowest score of the week,” he said of his last competitive round before heading into the JP McManus Pro-Am and The Open. “It’s probably not enough to win, but it would give me a boost to go into The Open.”

Shane Lowry now leads the home challenge, seven shots off the beat in a tie for 19th at seven under par after a 68.

The 2019 Open champion played his first 10 holes at four under par, but was unable to make further inroads at par, finishing bogey-birdie-par.

However, he was happy with his day’s work and insists he will head to the JP McManus Pro-Am at Adare Manor on Monday and Tuesday, a happy man if he can fire off another good round on Sunday.

“I was pretty happy with the way I played today,” Lowry said. “Obviously I would have liked to have shot two or three better and after 10, I was thinking I could shoot 7 under, but I never did it on the back nine.

“I still think I’m too far behind and the golf course is too scoring to stand a chance, but I played some good golf and hopefully another round like that morning, and I’ll have a little bit of confidence going forward.”

“If I go ahead and shoot five under tomorrow, I’ll be very happy to get out of here tomorrow night, and I can definitely take that with me.”

Pádraig Harrington missed a birdie putt from within three feet on the 18th when he hit a one-under 71 to share 45th at four under par.

“I almost had a good ending, which was good, but overall it was more of the same,” Harrington said. “I could definitely use a little spark.”

Niall Kearney birdied three of his first five holes to get to five under par, but played the last nine in three over to get back to 2 under 64.

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