Daniel Augustus soars again at Eagle Dunes
Eagle Dunes Golf Club is proving to be happy hunting ground for Daniel Augustus, who secured his second win of the year competing on the Moonlight Tour at the par-72 layout in Sorrento, Florida, this week.
The Bermudian professional blazed a sizzling five-under 67 to edge Marc Anthony Neger and fellow Florida resident Andrew Johnson by a solitary shot and earn his third win of the year on the tour and seventh overall.
“It always feels great to win,” Augustus told The Royal Gazette. “My wedges were solid that day.
“The overall round was strange if I’m being very honest. I gave myself plenty of good looks for birdie and some shots I didn’t hit as great.
“I still have work to do so there’s room for improvement. But I’m happy with the way my game is going.”
After squandering birdie opportunities at No 1 and No 4, Augustus’s round took flight when he tapped in a three-foot eagle putt at the par-five 9th hole to make the turn bogey-free at two under.
“I hit it to a foot so I was like ‘cool, that’s an eagle’,” Augustus said. “That changed the whole mood of the round, kind of.”
The former Bermuda Open champion then relied on his short game to save par on the next two holes to keep the momentum going.
He got up and down to save par at the par-four 10th after his iron approach landed in the rough just to the left of the green before two-putting over a ridge for par at the shorter par-3 11th.
“I think it was a big up and down at 10 and 11, which kept the round going in a positive manner,” Augustus added. “That’s one of the biggest things I have been working on; just accepting whatever happens in a round and making the best out of every situation because that’s all you can do in golf.
“You have to accept it. Nobody makes a perfect swing every time and you just have to be accepting of your fate and do the best you can to make the lowest score you can. And that’s what I did on those two holes and it just got the momentum going.”
Things got even better for the 34-year-old after holing out from 120 yards with his second shot from the middle of the fairway to card his second eagle of the round at the par-4 12th.
Augustus then birdied the par-five 14th and par-four 15th to dip to six under for the round.
“Fourteen was a par five and I got up and down from the trap to make birdie and then next hole I almost holed out again,” he added. “I hit it to like an inch and went birdie to get to six under so I was like cool.”
Augustus missed a five-foot par putt to card his first bogey of the day at the par-three 16th but returned to six under after making a short birdie putt at the next hole.
He then closed with another bogey at the par-five 18th to finish one shot clear of the field.
“My thinking was this [bogey] may have cost me the tournament but I ended up winning by one,” Augustus said.
His other win competing on the Moonlight Tour at Eagle Dunes this year was in April when he two finished two shots clear of nearest rival Osten Waite in the 18-hole tournament.