‘Eagle Boy’ Presnell pipped in Chile
Victorian Alistair Presnell carded a remarkable three eagles on Sunday for a 15-under par total, but was denied victory when Canadian Adam Hadwin birdied the final two holes to claim the Chile Classic on the Web.Com Tour.
It was the 26-year old’s first Web.com victory in his 49th attempt and a giant step towards the ultimate goal of a Top 25 finish and PGA Tour promotion at season’s end.
Alistair Presnell (Credit: Anthony Powter)
“I don’t know what to say. I really don’t know to feel, what to think,” Hadwin said.
“It’s amazing. I battled all day and to finish birdie-birdie and make the putts I did on the last two holes gives me so much confidence. I couldn’t be happier right now.”
“We’re all in this battle, a year-long race to get onto the PGA Tour and this just puts me one step closer to my goal.”
Bidding for his second career Web.Com win, Presnell eagled the 3rd and then had another on the 14th, sandwiched between two bogeys.
At the reachable par-five 18th, Presnell eagled yet again to storm into the clubhouse lead with a remarkable birdie-free four-under par round of 68.
Presnell then watched on as Hadwin got up and down for birdie at the short par-four 17th and then chipped and putted for birdie to beat him at the last.
He was consoled by a runner-up cheque of $70,200 which is an enormous early season boost to his quest for an immediate return to the PGA TOUR after losing his card in his rookie season last year.
Fellow Victorian Ash Hall was the next best of the remaining Australians who made the cut, finishing in a tie for 12th at 10-under.