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July 22 2012

11:40 PM

Despite finish, Cauley back on track

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Bud Cauley’s solo 4th at the True South Classic was his best result since March.
There are a lot of positives a young pro can take from a week like this. Bud Cauley’s furious Sunday charge that featured eight birdies in 16 holes put the 22-year-old in his best position to win a PGA TOUR event. A late bogey left the rookie alone in fourth – his second consecutive fourth-place finish at Annandale. Cauley was two back with two holes to play before getting up-and-down for par on the 17th and hitting two poor shots on the closing hole which led to a bogey, taking him out of contention at the True South Classic. “I knew I had to make birdie or eagle on 18, probably eagle,” he said. “I was just trying to get the ball in the fairway somehow, made a bad swing, and hit it about the worst place I possibly could.” Cauley’s tee shot found a fairway bunker, eliminating any chance he had of going for the par-5 green in two. After laying up, Cauley attacked a tough pin from 176 yards away and found the water hazard guarding the front and left sides of the green. He wound up finishing five shots behind Stallings but the leaderboard would have looked much different down the stretch had Cauley post 21 or 22 under. After earning his TOUR card straight out of college via last season’s non-member money list, Cauley got his rookie campaign off to a very good start with seven top-30 finishes in his first 12 starts. Since then, however, he’d missed four cuts in seven starts with no top 30s. After 16 consecutive rounds in the 70s, Cauley has posted rounds in the 60s in six of his last eight times out, including three this week. “I’ve been kind of struggling a little bit but worked really hard on my game with my coach last week,” Cauley said. “A lot of positive things this week and (I’ll) try to keep it going.” Cauley will look to carry his momentum north next week. He is scheduled to play in the RBC Canadian Open at Hamilton G&CC that gets under way on Thursday.
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