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Frustrating final round for Augustus

Tough to take: Augustus believes he deserved a higher finish in Rhode Island

Daniel Augustus was left to ponder what might have been after finishing tied for 20th at the 85th Rhode Island Open Championship yesterday.

The Bermuda golfer completed the 54-hole tournament at the Kirkbrae Golf Club with a three-day total of five-over-par 215.

Augustus started the final round tied for eighteenth and was unable to make further inroads after coming in at two-over-par 72 for the second straight day as putting woes again took their toll.

“If half the putts I had from six feet went in, I would have won the event,” he said. “One player told me if I knew the greens better I would have run away with the tournament. It was a week that I should have won the event.”

Augustus, a former Bermuda Open and Bacardi Par 3 winner, made a promising start to his final round at the 6,585-yard, par-70 course.

He played the front at two under after rattling off three birdies, including back-to-back at the second and third holes, to move to even par for the tournament.

However, his fortunes took a turn for the worst on the back nine as he carded three bogeys and a double bogey at the par four 11th after coming unstuck with the putter.

“It was probably the most frustrating week of golf I’ve had in a long time,” he said. “I stroked it well, but nothing went in.

“I cannot emphasise how well I played. I hit the ball so well, even my putts. But when the ball doesn’t go in from five feet all week it leaves any pro golfer frustrated. I do spend tons of time on and around the greens, but when the ball doesn’t drop it doesn’t drop.

“I’m frustrated but focusing on the fact that I did strike it so well and the only thing to do now is continue to grind, stay positive and things will change. I know they will.

“I will win a few events soon with the way I’m playing. If one or two shots are the worst I can do, which is what’s happening, then the best is yet to come.”

Overnight leader Jeffrey Evanier, of the Clinton Country Club, won the tournament by two shots.