MANATEE -- Seath Lauer's season was on the line, and he wasn't having the best ball-striking week.
Yet, Lauer found something on the greens that yielded his best performance on the Canadian PGA Tour this season.
Lauer ripped off a final-round 63 last Sunday at The Great Waterway Classic at Loyalist Golf and Country Club in Kingston, Ontario to tie for second place, four shots behind Brad Clapp's winning 23-under par 265 total.
Consequently, the former Lakewood Ranch and Florida State University standout picked up a much-needed check worth more than $9,700 (Canadian).
That ended a skid of three straight missed cuts, and vaulted Lauer 83 spots to No. 46 on the money list. In fact, had he not excelled in Kingston, Lauer might not have made the field for this week's tournament in Peterborough, Ontario.
"I've been super close all year," Lauer said. "It's not like I've been playing bad golf. I missed three cuts in a row by a shot, which is more mentally frustrating than anything."
To help with the mental side and holing more putts, Lauer took two weeks off from the Canadian PGA Tour at the beginning of August. During his time off, Lauer continued working on his game at home. The putting tips came from Stephen Arnold at the Florida Golf Performance Center, which operates out of the Founders Golf Club in Sarasota.
The mental side was worked on with the Dr. Jason Quintal off State Road 70.
"I was so loose and so free, I honestly didn't care what happened," said Lauer about his final-round 63 that yielded the runner-up finish. "I didn't feel like I was going to play bad. I never really had any stress."
With Arnold, Lauer developed a pre-round and practice routine involving speed drills on the putting green. It showcased different ways to hole a putt -- dying them in, making it on the high side, holing it on the low side, ramming it in hard, etc.
"Kind of give yourself confidence in knowing that you are in control of your putting," Lauer said.
Some of the pieces started forming during the West Florida Golf Tour's event at Waterlefe Golf and River Club in mid-August.
But it wasn't until this past week that Lauer holed several putts to improve his scoring. In addition to the drills, Lauer said he changed his setup to be more upright with his hands.
"He knew what he needed to do to improve," said Arnold, a Level 2 PGA apprentice. "He knew that he needed to putt better to take advantage of how well he hits it. ... All I did, and (Florida Golf Performance Center teacher) Terry (Hanson) helped out a little bit as well, was just to get him back in the mindset of holing putts and remembering how good he can be."
With the second-place finish, Lauer's focus has changed for the next three weeks as the top 60 players on the money list are entered into the season-ending Tour Championship, while the top 20 players are exempt from the first stage of Web.com Qualifying School.
"Now my goals have changed a little bit," Lauer said.