Daniel Augustus rediscovers some form on APGA Tour in Illinois
Daniel Augustus is hoping for better things to come after rediscovering some good form on the Advocate Pro Golf Association Tour in Illinois this week.
The Bermudian professional finished tied for 11th at even par among a formidable field of 43 players in the 36-hole APGA Deere Run championship, which was held on Monday and Tuesday.
The display equalled his best of the year having also finished tied for 11th in the APGA at Port St Lucie championship held at PGA Golf Club in Port St Lucie, Florida, earlier this month.
“I am not playing my best and shooting even rounds, so better days are coming,” Augustus told The Royal Gazette. “I feel like I am starting to come out of this valley, so I just have to keep on pushing practising and work hard.
“In any sport you have dips in form but golf is a little bit different because it’s just you. So I am just working until it gets better and hopefully more good results will come. Until then I just have to keep sticking to the process of working and training and improving.”
Augustus appeared to be on course for a top ten-finish after the first of his two rounds in Illinois this week but slipped two places down the leaderboard after carding a second successive 71, which included two birdies and as many bogeys, during his final round.
He got the tournament off to a flyer by carding three successive birdies during his opening round but was pegged back after making a double bogey and bogey on successive holes that left him at even par at the turn.
Augustus birdied the first hole on the back nine to get it back to one under but again came unstuck with a bogey and double bogey on successive holes placing him at two over with four holes to play.
However, he bounced back by carding birdies at the fifteenth and seventeenth greens to sign off at even par for the second straight day and pocket $825 for his efforts.
“It was two totally different days,” Augustus added.
“One day I was making putts and also making birdies but I was also making silly mistakes and ended up shooting even. I had six birdies first round and two doubles and two bogeys and then in the second round I had two birdies and two bogeys and shot even.
“It may show consistency but it’s still not as good as I am going to be and I am just glad that my bad is not as bad as it used to be.”
Augustus achieved his best showing so far this year on his debut at January’s APGA Farmer’s Insurance Invitational at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California, where he finished tied for ninth.
The 36-year-old qualified for the event through the Lexus Cup points list after achieving four top-five finishes on the APGA Tour last season, including second at the APGA Scottsdale and tied for second at the APGA Mastercard Tour Championship.
Meanwhile, Marcus Byrd won this week’s Deere Run championship by two shots, with fellow Americans Chase Johnson and Jarred Garcia finishing tied for second.
It was the third victory of the season for the Georgia resident, who finished tied for second at last October’s inaugural Butterfield Bermuda APGA Championship at Port Royal.