August 17, 2014

Villegas claims title at Wyndham Championship

Camilo Villegas fired a 7-under 63 on Sunday to come from behind and claim the title at the Wyndham Championship, which is the final event on the PGA Tour's regular-season schedule.

Greensboro, NC ( - Camilo Villegas fired a 7-under 63 on Sunday to come from behind and claim the title at the Wyndham Championship, which is the final event on the PGA Tour's regular-season schedule.

Villegas earned his fourth career victory on the PGA Tour at 17-under-par 263.

"It's been three and a half years without a win and I always work hard, I always grind and I love the game, but it starts getting on you and I feel a little lighter right now," said Villegas, whose last win came at the 2010 Honda Classic. "What a great week. I'm happy to be here."

Bill Haas carded a 6-under 64 to move into a share of second place with Freddie Jacobson (66) at 16-under 264.

Heath Slocum (67) bogeyed his final two holes at Sedgefield Country Club to end alone in fourth at minus-15. That late collapse dropped him to 129th on the FedExCup standings and means he will not be eligible for the playoffs.

Third-round leader Nick Watney posted a bogey and a double-bogey over his final five holes en route to an even-par 70, dropping him into a tie for fifth with Brandt Snedeker (67) and Webb Simpson (67) at 14-under.

Playing five groups ahead of Watney, Villegas followed an opening par with a 7-foot birdie at the second to start his move up the leaderboard.

He then converted birdies at the fourth and sixth around a 5-foot eagle putt at the fifth to jump to 15-under and claim the outright lead.

Watney, meanwhile, had taken the course and parred the first before tripping to a bogey at the second to hand Villegas a 2-stroke lead and fall into a tie for second with Haas, Slocum and Fritsch.

Slocum birdied the fourth to cut Villegas' advantage to one and after Villegas responded with an 8-foot birdie at the eighth, Slocum found the green of the par-5 fifth in two and rolled in a 19-foot eagle putt to claim a share of the lead at 16-under.

Slocum, however, then 3-putted for bogey at the par-3 seventh to again hand the outright lead to the Colombian. Slocum dropped another shot at the 10th to fall further off the pace.

Watney took advantage with birdies at the seventh and ninth to meet Villegas atop the leaderboard. Watney stayed hot with a 25-foot birdie effort at the 11th to claim sole possession of the lead.

Villegas answered with a 2-putt birdie at the par-5 15th to reclaim a share of the lead, and was left alone atop the leaderboard when Watney posted a 3-putt bogey at the 14th.

Villegas parred his final three holes to end at 17-under and waited to see if that score would hold up.

Slocum was the first to challenge Villegas with a late run. After trading a birdie at the 13th with a bogey at the 14th, Slocum claimed a share of the lead with an eagle at the 15th and a 35-foot birdie putt at the 16th.

But he could not hang on and his fateful bogeys at the 17th and 18th caused him to miss out on his chance at the FedExCup playoffs.

Jacobson also made a push during his back nine with birdies at the 12th, 15th and 16th to reach 17-under. He also failed to remain in the lead and 2-putted for bogey at the 18th to end a shot off the pace.

The last player able to force a playoff was Watney, but needing a birdie at the last to reach 17-under, he pushed his tee shot out of bounds en route to a double-bogey to hand the win to Villegas.

"I had a few looks coming in and I thought I needed one more," Villegas said when asked if he thought his score would be enough to win. "Even though that 18th hole is a tough hole, it just happened to work out my way."

NOTES: Villegas made 116 starts in between wins ... Villegas collected $954,000 with the win ... Sang-Moon Bae was the lone person to move from outside the top 125 in the FedExCup rankings to inside on Sunday. He finished in a tie for 14th to move from 126 to 120 ... Nicholas Thompson, Jim Renner, Mike Weir and Charlie Beljan all finished outside the top 125 in FedExCup rankings, but still ended inside the top 125 of the money list and will retain their PGA Tour cards for next season.

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