Golf: Aguilar's magic wand

Golf: Aguilar's magic wand
Felipe Aguilar kissing The Championship trophy, after eagling his last hole to seize victory at the Laguna National yesterday.

Ripped. Shattered. Destroyed.

The word destrozo was bandied about excitedly by the Spanish-speaking golfers at the scoring booth, after a roar erupted at the 18th hole of Laguna National's Masters Course yesterday.

Chile's Felipe Aguilar had just holed out from 141 yards for an improbable eagle to take the clubhouse lead in The Championship, a tournament co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours, and which carried a US$1.5 million ($1.88m) purse.

It was an incredible moment and there was much excitement as the Spanish word destrozo came up repeatedly, because, after all, it is rare even at the highest levels for a golfer to produce such a spectacular finish to win an event.

But that was exactly what Aguilar did, sinking a birdie at the par-three 17th followed by the stunning eagle at the par-four final hole for him to surge past Denmark's Anders Hansen and win by a shot.



The leader of the first three rounds, Thailand's Pittayarat Panuphol, also wilted as his two-over 74 final round was only good enough for a share of 11th spot.

"That has to be the best shot of my career," said Aguilar, who collected his second victory on the European Tour after a six-year drought, and pocketed a cool US$250,000 winner's cheque.

The Chilean began the day four shots off the pace and made just two birdies on his opening nine holes, but his round came to life after the turn.

"Yesterday I thought I had no chance, and, after I made just two birdies on the front nine, I didn't really think about it," he said.

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