NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. — Seamus Power won the Barbasol Championship on Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory, beating J.T. Poston with a tap-in par on the sixth hole of a playoff.
Poston drove into the water that lines the right side of the par-4 18th at Keene Trace Golf Club and made a bogey on the final extra hole. Power hit the fairway, played his second shot to 12 feet and two-putted for the victory.
"I was able to just kind of stay patient enough there, and J.T. made just one mistake and I was able to take advantage," said Power, who is from Ireland and played college golf at East Tennessee State. "Unbelievable day, career changing, life changing, all that kind of good stuff. It's not going to sink in for a while."
Because the tournament was played opposite the British Open, Power did not earn a spot in the Masters, but he did secure his PGA Tour card, wrapped up a spot in the FedEx Cup playoffs and earned berths next year in the PGA Championship, Players Championship and Tournament of Champions.
"I view myself as extremely lucky," Power said. "I'm 34, and I've yet to work a day in my life. So every time I get to play a tournament or play an extra year on tour, to me it's a massive bonus."
Power birdied the par-3 16th and the 18th in regulation for a 5-under-par 67 to finish 72 holes at 21-under 267 while Poston was squandering the lead behind him. Poston had a double bogey on the par-5 15th after driving an inch out of bounds to the left, then followed with a three-putt bogey on the par-3 16th. He parred the final two holes for 70.
"If I make birdie (on No. 15), it's probably over, or at least that's kind of how I feel," said the 28-year-old Poston, who won the 2019 Wyndham Championship for his lone PGA Tour victory. "... I just put an awful swing on it."
It was the third time in four weeks a PGA Tour event required a playoff to decide a winner, and all of them went at least five holes. On the first extra hole Sunday, Power holed an 18-foot birdie chip from the collar of the 18th green and Poston matched him with a 10-foot putt. They matched pars on the next four holes — on No. 18 again, then twice on the par-3 17th and again on 18.
Sam Ryder and India's Anirban Lahiri finished a stroke out of the playoff after each shot a 65.
The six-way tie for fifth at 19 under included Baylor School graduate Luke List (71), who was second — one stroke behind Poston — entering the final round. List had a top-five finish for the second straight week.