JOE AVENTO • UPDATED JUL 11, 2016 AT 7:01 PM
Seamus Power got the news he was hoping to hear on Monday. He’s headed to the Olympics.
The former East Tennessee State University golfer was selected to represent Ireland in Rio De Janeiro after several of the sport’s top stars withdrew from consideration.
“It still hasn’t hit me,” Power said. “I have so many things to take care of. It’s exciting.”
Power got a text and then a phone call from Paul McGinley, Ireland’s captain, on Monday morning with the big news.
Power and three-time major winner Padraig Harrington are the two golfers from Ireland heading to Rio. Spots became available after Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry pulled out.
“For three or four weeks I’ve been thinking of it being a possibility,” said Power, 290th in the World Golf Rankings. “Guys started pulling out and it got closer and closer. And now I made the team.”
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