Aguilar takes title at Laguna National


Associated Press

Posted on May 4, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Updated Sunday, May 4 at 9:02 AM

SINGAPORE (AP) — Chile's Felipe Aguilar holed six birdies and then an eagle on the 18th to shoot a 28 on the back nine and capture the title at The Championship at Laguna National on Sunday.

Aguilar's final round 10-under 62 gave him the clubhouse lead at 22-under 266 — and then a short wait to see if anyone could catch him.

Denmark's Anders Hansen, the co-overnight leader, had held a three-shot lead after a birdie at the 12th hole, but he could not match Aguilar's impressive finish. He bogeyed the 16th hole, then failed to make birdie on the 17th or 18th holes to force a playoff.

American David Lipsky also tried to keep pace with three birdies on his back nine, but he, too, fell just short, finishing in joint-second with Hansen, one stroke back.

Aguilar, who's been dealing with a sore wrist he injured while mountain biking, won for just the second time on the European Tour, his previous title coming six years ago in Indonesia.

The Chilean started the day four shots back in joint-seventh, but started to climb into contention with four straight birdies after the turn on holes 10-13.

After birdieing the par-5 15th, he then sank a 10-footer for another birdie on the par-3 17th and holed his approach shot for eagle on the par-4 18th.

Hansen was aiming for his first European Tour title since the Joburg Open in 2009. He was playing in just his fourth event since undergoing wrist surgery last year and missing the last six months of the season.

India's Rahil Gangjee birdied his final five holes to finish in fourth place at 19 under, a stroke ahead of England's Chris Wood (67) in sole fifth place.

Panuphol Pittayarat of Thailand couldn't keep up the form that saw him lead after the first two rounds and share the lead with Hansen after the third. He slumped to a 74 on Sunday after two bogeys and a double bogey, falling to joint-11th place.