Golf

Moonlight magic for Augustus

  • On a roll: Augustus is gunning for a second straight win on the OGA Moonlight Tour (Photo by Tamell Simons)

Daniel Augustus holds a three-shot lead heading into today’s final round of the OGA Moonlight Tour event at the Champions Gate International Golf Course in Orlando, Florida.

The Bermudian fired on all cylinders on the way to a bogey-free four-under-par 68 during yesterday’s opening round at the Greg Norman-designed layout.

“I felt I left a couple [birdies] out there, but my ball striking was OK and my putter is finally starting to roll so that, for me, is everything,” Augustus said. “The course is playing a lot longer. It is soft, but the greens are a lot quicker. I think I am just riding the confident wave that I have been on.”

Augustus will now look to pick up where he left off and make further inroads towards winning the 36-hole championship in today’s final round.

“I just have to go out there and play the way I have been playing,” he said. “I just have to play it shot by shot and not think about the end result, but just let it happen.”

The past Bermuda Open and Bacardi National Par 3 Championship winner achieved a milestone in Florida this week after clinching a maiden professional title in the United States.

Augustus won an 18-hole Moonlight Tour event at the Metro West Golf Course on Tuesday.

He carded a three-under 69 to finish two shots clear of Florida residents Anthony Phipps and Patrick Sheehan, who finished second and third with identical one-under par rounds of 71.

“That was my first win as a professional in the United States which is a big achievement and a huge confidence boost,” Augustus said. “I have been playing on the Moonlight Tour for four years and my previous best finish was second two years ago.

“I always knew I had the ability, it’s just been a matter of being able to do it. Now the ability part is coming through and I am very happy.”