Aguilar storms to win in Singapore
05/04/2014 5:43 AM
05/04/2014 7:13 AM
Tampines, Singapore (SportsNetwork.com) - Felipe Aguilar holed out for an eagle at the final hole on Sunday to finish a 10-under 62 and claim the title of The Championship at Laguna National by a single stroke.
Aguilar earned his second career win on the European Tour and first since the 2008 Indonesia Open at 22-under-par 266.
Third-round co-leader Anders Hansen (67) and David Lipsky (65) shared second place at Laguna National Golf & Country Club at 21-under, while Rahil Gangjee (65) finished fourth at 19-under.
"What can you say? It's just one of those days," Hansen said. "When you are there you want to get the job done and I didn't, so not particularly happy."
Chris Wood (67) took fifth at 18-under, a shot ahead of Anirban Lahiri (66) and Gregory Bourdy (68).
Panuphol Pittayarat, who held at least a share of the lead since the end of the first round, tripped to a 2-over 74 during his final round to fall into a tie for 11th place at 14-under 274.
Hansen and Pittayarat entered the day tied at 16-under, and Hansen briefly gave Pittayarat the outright lead with a bogey at the first.
Hansen, however, bounced back with five birdies over his next six holes to claim a four-stroke lead at 20-under as Pittayarat traded a bogey at the second with a birdie at the seventh to remain at minus-16.
Hansen's lead stretched to six when Pittayarat stumbled to a double-bogey 5 at the eighth.
Aguilar, meanwhile, made the turn at 14-under with birdies from 15 and 10 feet at the fifth and eighth, respectively, before pulling within two of Hansen with four straight gains from the 10th.
Hansen answered with a 15-foot birdie at the 12th to move to 21-under and three clear of Aguilar and Lipsky, who had four birdies during an outward 32 to join Aguilar at minus-18.
After all three birdied the 15th to remain three strokes apart, Aguilar converted a 10-foot birdie at the 17th before holing out his second shot at the par-4 18th for an eagle to end at 22-under.
"I was right in between clubs and with the adrenaline you don't want to hit a half shot. So I took a hard pitching wedge and it went in. It was very special finishing like that," Aguilar said of his closing shot. "I didn't think I had made it until my caddie came back and told me and the others congratulated me. That was the cherry on the cake, definitely."
Hansen handed Aguilar the outright lead with a bogey at the 16th after he failed to get up and down from a bunker and parred his final two holes to finish a shot off the pace.
Lipsky birdied the last to grab his share of second place.
NOTES: Aguilar had played 166 events between victories. It was six years and 76 days between wins ... Aguilar's 62 is the lowest final-round score by a winner in the history of the tournament ... Hansen was playing in just his fourth event after a six-month absence due to a wrist injury.
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