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Putter switch pays off for Augustus

Daniel Augustus eyes up a birdie try on the par 4, 12th, at the opening round of the Goslings Invitational (Photorgaph by Blaire Simmons) *Note*( King shoots a 58, Belmont Hills course record)

Daniel Augustus’s decision to change putters during the APGA Tour event in Dallas, Texas, this week proved to be a good one.

The Bermudian professional produced his best display in several years on the greens at the TPC Craig Ranch layout in McKinney after switching putters from the one he used at his previous event in New England last weekend.

Augustus was clinical with the putter throughout the 36-hole championship in Texas, which finished on Tuesday, on the way to a six-under-par 138 that left him eleventh among a field of 42.

“This is the least amount of putts I’ve had in I don’t know how many weeks, which lets me know the change was necessary,” the 32-year-old said.

“I didn’t play great. I didn’t hit off the tee all that great. I didn’t hit iron shots that great but somehow I just got the ball in the hole for the lowest scores I could.”

Nyasha Mauchaza won the tournament by one shot over Keith Greene, Tim Oneal and Brandon Robinson Thompson, who all finished at 12-under 132.

Augustus was playing in his second tournament in six days, having finished tied for eleventh at five-under-par, 211 in a field of 143 at the 54-hole New Hampshire Open presented by Xfinity held at both the Bretwood Golf Course and Keene Country Club from June 20 to 22.

He has also now shot 69 in his previous three rounds having achieved the score during the final round of the New Hampshire Open at the Bretwood Golf Course.

“Another two rounds under par so overall I am pleased that I’m shooting under par and not playing my best golf,” Augustus said. “That’s the level I have been striving to get to for awhile; not playing great and still posting a score, and that’s exactly what I did these two past days.

“To get to this point in my golf game to shoot under par when not playing well I am happy the game is turning in a good way and getting into a good state.

“Hopefully, I can continue to get lower and lower and play decent under-par golf.

“That’s the goal; make your bad days still good, acceptable rounds.”