The crowd was treated to a breathtaking finish at The Championship at Laguna National in Singapore on May 4 as Chilean golfer Felipe Aguilar pulled off six birdies and an eagle on the final nine holes to land a second career European Tour title.
The 39-year-old, who has won over 30 career events, began the day four shots off joint overnight leaders David Lipsky from the U.S and Anders Hansen of Denmark. After recording a front nine of 34 Aguilar was all too aware that he needed to reach deep and produce his finest golf. This is exactly what he did.
The birdies came thick and fast on the back nine as the Chilean managed four consecutive on holes 10, 11, 12 and 13 before a par on 14. Yet another birdie followed on 15 before the most spectacular of endings: a coveted eagle on the 18th and final hole.
“Yesterday I thought I had no chance,” Aguilar said. “Today I said to my caddie on the 17th, after I made a birdie, ‘if we can make a birdie on 18 we can put some pressure on the leader’ and he said ‘what about making a two? I said to him the way I had been hitting the ball I could well do. It’s a long story but I made two on 18, and what a beautiful way to finish.”
Valdivia-born Aguilar ended up with an outstanding 10-under par scorecard to record his second success on the European Tour, his first coming a few years ago in the Enjoy Jakarta Astro Indonesia Open in February 2008.
“It’s been a bit of a drought for six years,” he added. “I’ve lost a couple of times in play-offs and had a couple of top threes and top fives, but never was able to get the round going on the last day, so it is nice to finally do it.”