Birdie spree gives Daniel Augustus encouragement for more happy days ahead
Daniel Augustus saved his best for last competing on the APGA Tour in Scottsdale, Arizona, this week.
The professional fired a three-under 68 during Tuesday’s final round of the 36-hole event at the TPC Scottsdale Champions Course to finish tied for nineteenth at two-over 144.
Augustus carded nine birdies, including three in successive holes at 3, 4 and 5, to surge 24 places up the leaderboard, having started the final round tied for 43rd among the field of 63.
The Bermudian’s score was the joint-lowest of the round, a feat equalled by three other players, including overnight leader and eventual winner Ryan Alford.
Reflecting on his overall display, Augustus expressed delight that he could reap some of the benefits from the work he is putting in to raise his game physically, mentally and technically.
“The process is working; I’m getting closer and [Tuesday’s] round was evident of that,” he told The Royal Gazette.
“To fight back with nine birdies in a round starting bogey, double bogey shows great maturity. And to get it back within five holes shows that what I’m doing is working. I just need to continue to believe and trust in the process; continue to work on cleaning up my scorecard; not making these silly little mistakes that are costing me shots and my game will continue to improve.”
The former Bermuda Open champion’s nine birdies were the most carded during the second round.
“I just made nine birdies on a TPC course,” Augustus added. “Not too many people can have nine birdies in a round let alone nine birdies at a championship golf course, so I’m happy with my progress and it will only continue to get better.”
Despite dropping three shots on the opening two holes, the 33-year-old quickly bounced back to make the turn at one under.
He dipped to five under after making three successive birdies coming in but faltered at the par-four 18th, where he made a second double bogey of the round.
“I finished with a double bogey and that is frustrating,” Augustus said. “But I’m going to stay focused on the positives and continue to improve.
”I’m happy and all I can do is continue to work on what I am working on to improve and continue to get better.”