Aguilar saves the best for last
CHILE'S Felipe Aguilar eagled his last hole to overhaul leader Anders Hansen and seize victory at The Championship after a dramatic last-day charge yesterday.
He fired eight birdies in a sensational final round, but was still trailing Denmark's Hansen by a stroke when he stepped onto the 18th tee at the par-72 Laguna National Golf and Country Club.
But he heroically eagled the par-four final hole for a 10-under 62 and 22-under 266 total, one better than Hansen, who shot 67 to finish joint-second with American David Lipsky (65).
The eagle at the last completed a jaw-dropping back nine in which Aguilar picked up eight strokes, including four birdies in a row from No. 10, plus two more on Nos. 15 and 17.
The 39-year-old, who started the day four shots back in shared seventh, had rounds of 65, 67, 72 and 62 for his second European Tour victory, after he won the Indonesian Open in 2008.
"Yesterday, I didn't have a good round, and you figure that you're so far back that you have no chance," Aguilar told reporters.
"But today, after I shot two under on the front nine, I knew I had to go deep and I hit the ball the best I ever have and went for every single pin."
He dashed Hansen's hopes of a fourth European Tour win, while Thailand's Panuphol Pittayarat, the joint overnight leader alongside Hansen, crashed to a 74 which gave him a share of 11th.
Lam Chih Bing (71) was joint 47th while fellow Singaporean Quincy Quek (77) claimed 70th spot in the US$1.5 million (S$1.9 million) event, which is co-sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.
The tournament was held as the Ballantine's Championship in South Korea for six editions from 2008, but after losing its title sponsor, it was hurriedly relocated to Singapore last month.