Seamus Power's win at the Barbasol Championship in Kentucky could have a seismic impact on his career, according to Gary Murphy.
The 34-year-old's victory over JT Poston on the sixth play-off hole was his first PGA Tour win on his 106th start, and the Waterford native has admitted that he is only coming to terms with "life-changing" event.
Poston lost a healthy lead down the home stretch, with Power’s birdie on the 18th meaning he finished on 21-under par to force the play-off, which required six holes before the 2016 Olympian prevailed after the American found water at the 18th.
The win sees Power move from 123rd in the FedEx rankings to the 60s and includes a full exemption through to the 2022-23 season and a spot at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, the Players Championship and the PGA Championship.
Speaking on 2fm Game On, former professional Gary Murphy says the win on the PGA Tour could lift Power’s game to a new level.
He can play within himself, he doesn't need to be play six, seven weeks in a row just to keep going
"The win changes everything," he said. "The category he was in, he was getting into weaker events and wasn’t sure of week to week when he was going to play. It’s very hard then to structure your practice.
"Trying to get ready for tournaments is hard because you may not get to go. It’s all last minute, and you are under pressure straight away.
"Now he knows for the next few years what tournaments he will get in to. He can play within himself, he doesn’t need to be play six, seven weeks in a row just to keep going."
Crucially, a more structured schedule could allow Power flourish in the bigger events against the bigger names, free from the burden of worry.
"He now has the same opportunities that the top players have," Murphy added.
"I think it is much harder for some of these players trying to compete against superstars when they are playing a totally different schedule.
"He now has a blank canvas to express himself and hopefully he can push on."