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Last-hole eagle nets Ababa 2nd PGTA title

LUBAO, Pampanga, Philippines — Jhonnel Ababa nailed his second straight Philippine Golf Tour Asia in style, gunning down an eagle on the final hole for a 69 to frustrate Australian Andrew Campbell and capture the ICTSI Pradera Verde Classic crown by two here yesterday.

Needing just a birdie on the par-5 18th of the Pradera Verde Golf and Country Club to foil Campbell’s playoff bid, Ababa did the toughest thing to close out a final round –  secure the victory and stake his claim as the hottest player on the region’s newest circuit put up by ICTSI.

Jhonnel Ababa. Philippine Star
“I was so confident. I didn’t hesitate with my second shot,” said an ecstatic Ababa, who after hitting his drive to the left side of the dog-leg 18th, blasted a 3-wood from 250 yards to within five feet for that title-clinching eagle.

“I felt I was Tiger (Woods) after I made that eagle. I felt nobody could beat me,” added Ababa, who came into the $100,000 event brimming with confidence after routing the field by seven at Eagle Ridge last week. His 69 capped another four-day run of under-par cards for a 10-under 278 worth another $17,500, earning him P1.750 million in two weeks time.

In a flight ahead, Campbell worked his way from four strokes down and shot a flawless five-under 67, including a birdie on the No. 18, to tie Ababa, who had a one-under card after No. 17, at eight-under 280.

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