Daniel Augustus finds inspiration in personal progress
Having accomplished multiple top-ten finishes at various tours in recent months, Bermudian golfer Daniel Augustus says he is inspired by the progress being made and is eager to continue to develop his game in the United States.
“I am happy with my progress. My bad days are now one under, even or somewhere around there,” said Augustus, pointing to increased consistency in his performances.
“The game is becoming more consistent and I am feeling more confident. I have been shooting under par on a regular basis in the past four or five tournaments that I have played in.
“So it’s the consistency for me that I am learning to really fall in love with and enjoying the most. I am grateful for the progress and all the processes that I have been going through learning as much as I have, and for becoming a better golfer through it all.”
Augustus says the rollercoaster ride he has experienced throughout his career has helped him to be a more steady player.
“Through all the obstacles and ups and downs I have become more consistent,” he added.” That’s more or less what I would say is the biggest thing for me to become a little bit stronger every day. Become more consistent even when playing bad as those things add up to equal to better scoring rounds.
“I haven’t had a good round in a tournament yet but the other day while practising I shot 62, which is ten under.
“So it’s a matter of getting those lower scores into my tournament scores; that will come.
“That is a process and I am going through.”
Augustus has left no stone unturned in pursuit of his ambitions as he trains religiously both on and off the course. He has also placed more emphasis on sharpening the mental side of his game.
“I am continuing the workouts, with my sports psychologist, the practise regime that I have implemented and just trying to improve from there,” he said. “Just making everything a little tighter. Making my short game a little tighter; instead of chipping it to three feet, now I’m trying to get it to one and half or two feet so it’s not a three foot for par but a tap in.“Just the little things like that; hitting that one extra green, which gives me an extra look at birdie, which gives me a chance of shooting one shot lower.
Making that one extra ten-footer, which makes me one shot lower per round, which makes me four shots lower over four days, which gets me a little more money or gets me into a Tour event. So it’s just improving little bits here and there.”
It is the small steps that Augustus has taken to improve his game which he attributes most to his progress.
“When I first came out here [US] I was trying to take giant steps,” he added. “But it’s really the small steps that get you to where you need to be and that’s what I’m learning, that’s what I’m continuing to do and loving the process.
“I’m consistently under par now. That’s the process that I have been working on and that’s how I have been improving.”
Augustus has got off to a solid start this year, gaining further momentum after finishing tied for fifth at five under, on the APGA Tour at the par-72 TPC Louisiana layout in Avondale, Louisiana, last week.
“I was impressed with my first round more than my second, even though my first I shot one under,” Augustus said. “I only hit eight greens, but that shows great determination.
“Even though I didn’t hit the ball great, I got around the golf course as well as I could without hitting the ball as good as I normally do and that shows huge growth in my game.
“That was a horrible day, ball-striking wise, but I still managed to shoot one under par.
“That’s what great golfers do and that’s the direction my game is going, the process that I’ve been trying to get through this entire time. Things are starting to add up and make more sense.”
Augustus coped much better in the second round, particularly on the front nine holes.
“The second round I shot four under on the front nine and of course I was happy with that,” he said.
“I caught a bad break on the back on two holes with two bogeys that were very costly and kind of stopped the momentum I had going.
“But it’s all good, I am feeling more confident and still have things to work on.”
Augustus has also made recent appearances on the Moonlight Golf Tour in Florida and Florida Elite Golf Tour.
He has a best finish so far for the year of fourth on the Moonlight Golf Tour and a tie for thirteenth on the Florida Elite Golf Tour.