Felipe Aguilar of Chile produced a remarkable finish to win The Championship at Laguna National by a single shot from Denmark’s Anders Hansen and David Lipsky of the USA.

Felipe Aguilar of Chile produced a remarkable finish to win The Championship at Laguna National by a single shot from Denmark’s Anders Hansen and David Lipsky of the USA.

Aguilar holed a tricky putt for a birdie two at the testing par-3 17th, with its daunting peninsula green. He then holed his second shot to the 18th to come home in 28 strokes and post a four-round total of 22-under-par that those following were unable to match.

“Yesterday I didn’t have a good round and you figure that you’re so far back that you have no chance,” said Aguilar, who shot 72 on Saturday. “But today after the front nine I shot two under, I knew I had to go deep so I went for every single pin.

“Eight under on the back nine to win is pretty strong. I was right in between clubs on the 18th 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.”

Anders Hansen shared the 54 hole lead with Panuphol Pittayarat of Thailand, but he opened his account on Sunday with a bogey. Undeterred, he bounced back and opened a four-shot lead with birdies at the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th holes.

It looked as though the 43-year-old Dane would cruise to victory, still three clear of Aguilar and David Lipsky through 12 holes. But Aguilar then produced his remarkable finish and, when Hansen bogeyed the 16th, he found himself one behind with two to play.

He couldn’t find another birdie and the title went to Aguilar.

“What can you say? It’s just one of those days,” said Hansen. “He played well obviously, although I thought I played well too. I can’t really blame myself.”

The win was Aguilar’s first since the 2008 Indonesia Open. The Chilean has played in 166 European Tour events since that last victory.

The Championship at Laguna National
Laguna National G&CC, Tampines, Singapore
May 1-4, purse €1,100,000, par 72

1    Felipe Aguilar (Chi)    65    67    72    62    266    €180,531
T2    David Lipsky (USA)    64    68    70    65    267    €94,078
T2    Anders Hansen (Den)    67    66    67    67    267    €94,078
4    Rahil Gangjee (Ind)    66    67    71    65    269    €54,159
5    Chris Wood (Eng)        68    67    68    67    270    €45,927
T6    Anirban Lahiri (Ind)    67    70    68    66    271    €35,203
T6    Gregory Bourdy (Fra)    66    70    67    68    271    €35,203
T8    David Drysdale (Sco)    68    70    70    65    273    €24,335
T8    Raphael Jacquelin (Fra)    69    70    68    66    273    €24,335
T8    Tommy Fleetwood (Eng) 68    67    69    69    273    €24,335

Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage