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Augustus all fired up for Bermuda Championship

Daniel Augustus hopes to make inroads towards his dream of securing full-time status on the PGA Tour when he tees off at the Bermuda Championship local qualifier at Port Royal Golf Course next week.

“I have another shot to play in a PGA Tour event with the end goal of being a member of the PGA Tour and to win on the PGA Tour consistently,” he said. “This [qualification] means that I'm one step closer to realising my goals and achieving them.”

The former Bermuda Open champion has put in a lot of time sharpening his skills in preparation for the 36-hole individual strokeplay event, open to local professional and amateur players, which will be held on October 13 and 14.

“I am working hard to prepare for the qualifier and want do as well as I know I can,” Augustus said. “I can't take this is as ‘I'm going to go and play well in the qualifier'. I have to play the qualifier shot by shot.

“I can't think that it's over yet and I'm through. I have to play every shot one at a time and can't get ahead of myself.”

The 33-year-old is heading into the event with plenty of momentum, having come from seven shots back to win a maiden Johnnie Walker Classic title at Ocean View Golf Course last month.

Augustus's putter caught ablaze when it mattered most, as he rattled off five birdies and an eagle en route to firing the lowest round of the 36-hole championship. In his five-under-par round of 65, he also hit 17 greens in regulation.

“This is probably one that I wanted the most because this is home for me,” he said.

“This is where I grew up, where I learnt to play. This is home, so it's personal and for me to be able to do it finally is a feeling of relief.”

Augustus, who competes regularly on the Florida Elite Tour, is reaping the benefits from a few adjustments he has made to his game.

“This year was a big year even in spite of Covid-19,” he said. “I was able to sort out some things with my swing as well as my golf clubs.

“I switched golf clubs last year but noticed my stats were getting worse as far as ball-striking goes. Also I was working with a different swing coach at that point. He was trying to get me to make a few changes and it was wasn't working for me.

“Up until this summer, it's been a struggle and I left my coach and went back to my old set of irons and my whole set-up with my irons and my numbers have been progressing.

“My scores have been getting lower and it's not because other parts of my game were lacking. It's because the way my previous coach was trying to get me to swing and the adjustments that he wanted for my clubs had me swinging the way that I couldn't. I tried it for over a year and it didn't work and I'm going back to what I was great at before, on top of my short game becoming sharper again.

“I still have work to do. But I'm getting to a place where it's just like ‘this is what I do, this is how I do it, let's go and do it'.

“That's what confidence really is — knowing who you are, no matter what happens.”

If it ain't broke: a change of coach and return to his old irons have meant the world of difference to Daniel Augustus (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published October 07, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated October 10, 2020 at 8:48 am)

Augustus all fired up for Bermuda Championship

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