Felipe Aguilar wins The Championship At Laguna National, in Singapore.
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Felipe stunned everyone as he finished the final round 2-2, and won The Laguna National Championship, firing a final round -10 under par 62. That perfect finish saw him cruise past Anders Hansen and David Lipsky, as he posted -22 under par for the tournament. As usual the time to go low is always more effective if its done in the last round.
Felipe was under no pressure, thinking he was too far behind to catch the leaders;
“Yesterday I didn’t have a good round and you figure that you’re so far back that you have no chance. But today after the front nine I shot two under I knew I had to go deep and I hit the ball one of the best times I ever have and I went for every single pin. Eight under on the back nine to win is pretty strong, especially making the last one on 18 being between clubs. This is something very, very special.”
“I was right in between clubs 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.”
“On the 17th green I told my caddie if I make a birdie on 18 I might put some pressure on the leader and he said ‘you might make two’. I looked at him and said ‘the way I’m hitting the ball I might make two’, and I did. I didn’t think I had made it until my caddie came back and told me and the others congratulated me. That was the cherry on the cake, definitely.”
Anders and David tied for second place at -21 for the tournament, just one shot off the pace. David carded a -7 under 65 final round, while Anders returned -5 under par 67 to get to his total.
Anders, who was coming back from recent wrist surgery was happy with the way he played, just not too happy with the result;
“What can you say? I heard Aguila finished two, two. It’s just one of those days. It’s just really, really disappointing. He had a good day, played well obviously. I thought I played well. When you are there you want to get the job done and I didn’t, so not particularly happy.”
“The last two weeks have been really good. I’ve hit the ball really well and putted nicely so there is not much to say. I can’t really blame myself for this.”
David said he had everything he could to win his first Euro Tour title;
“I was still trying to give it a run even on the last hole,”I was still trying to do everything I can to win.”
Poor Panuphol Pittayarat of Thailand couldn’t keep up with the form that saw him leading the tournament after the first two rounds and then sharing the lead with Anders after the third. He somehow slumped to a +2 over par 74 on Sunday carding two bogeys and a double bogey, and falling to joint-11th place, just proving how hard it is to win when you start with a low round.