Shaaban's eagle stuns Singapore

Shaaban's eagle stuns Singapore
Shaaban Hussin of Malaysia celebrating a birdie putt during day three of the ISPS Handa Singapore Classic at Orchid Country Club on April 7, 2012 in Singapore.

It was the kind of shot that you see in the highlight reels of golf's greatest Majors and Ryder Cups.

With their match on the line and the day's overall score tied, Malaysian Shaaban Hussin chipped in for eagle on the 18th hole at Laguna National's World Classic course to win the day for the visitors.

What was more amazing was that he had to chip past the flag to catch the slope behind it, allowing gravity to draw the ball back two metres and into the cup.

As Shaaban (right) raised his hands in triumph, he was mobbed by his jubilant teammates, although they had to wait until Lam Zhiqun missed his own eagle attempt from 25 feet for a halve.

The brilliant chip gave Shaaban and teammate Sukree Othman a dramatic final-hole victory over Zhiqun and Lam Chih Bing, who had fought their way back into the game after going four down at the 11th hole.

The point also helped the Malaysians to a 3½-2½ lead after day one of foursomes play at the Prudential Causeway Trophy.

"I'll remember that shot for a long time," said Shaaban, who saw the Singapore duo win the 16th and 17th holes to square the match before his magical sand wedge at the last.


"I've seen him pull of some great shots, but this one he pulled off to perfection," said Malaysia's non-playing captain Chong Chee Ming.

"What an incredible finish to the first day. There was some excellent golf and it's all set up for a thrilling weekend. Our players are in high spirits and in a happy place"

Malaysia, who lost the inaugural tournament 15½-8½, enjoyed a perfect start with Nicholas Fung and Khor Kheng Hwai beating Goh Kun Yang and Poh Eng Wah 4&2 in the first match.

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