Camilo Villegas Ends Nine-Year Drought on PGA Tour
Southampton, BER – Camilo Villegas (-24) earned a monumental victory Sunday at the Butterfield Bermuda Championship. Villegas’ last win on Tour was 9 years ago at the 2014 Wyndham Championship. Since then he’s endured ups and downs, including the most awful personal tragedy imaginable. Today, the 41-year-old was back on top and also secured himself status for the next two years.
Villegas beat 54-hole leader and new 36-hole tournament scoring record holder Alex Noren by two strokes. Noren continued to play well on Sunday but wasn’t able to match Villegas, who went low again with a 65 to follow up rounds of 67, 63, and 65. Finishing one behind Noren was Matti Schmid. Camilo was able to build on the confidence gained from last week’s performance, narrowly missing out on victory in Mexico, finishing T2. Now he’ll unlock access to many more of the top events.
The Bermuda Championship itself was one of the weaker fields in memory. While none of the world’s top players were present (Adam Scott was the most high profile player in the field, by far) that doesn’t mean there weren’t intriguing storylines and exciting players. The field had a unique mix of young players looking for their first break and old timers hoping to catch lightning in a bottle.
Among the up-and-comers to have decent finishes were Carl Yuan, the recent Korn Ferry grad, who finished -20 in 4th; Fred Biondi, the former Florida star who turned pro in June, finished T13 at -16; Akshay Bhatia, the 21-year-old who earned his first career win over the summer at the Barracuda, finished T20 at -15.
Notable vets included Adam Scott, who turned pro before Bhatia was born, finished T5 at -19 alongside fellow veteran Ryan Moore; Open Champion and recent winner of back-to-back PGA Tour events, Stewart Cink finished in solo 7th at 18; and Ryan Palmer finished T8 at -17.
Next week, the PGA Tour heads to Georgia for the RSM Classic. Adam Svensson is the defending champ there and will tee it up alongside a field that includes Ludvig Aberg, Brian Harman, and Cameron Young.
Camilo Villegas What’s In The Bag
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