Camilo Villegas returns to winning ways

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Camilo Villegas carded a flawless seven-under-par 63 to win the Wyndham Championship by a shot.

The Colombian had an eagle and five birdies in a stunning final round at Sedgefield Country Club to edge out Sweden’s Freddie Jacobson and American Ryder Cup hopeful Bill Haas.

The victory gave former world No.12 Villegas his fourth win on the PGA Tour and his first since the 2010 Honda Classic.

In the intervening period, the 32-year-old has battled a wretched run of form that saw him post only two top tens in 73 starts, face the tortuous prospect of Q-School in 2012, and fall as low as 299th on the world rankings.

Despite all the trials and tribulations of the last few years, Villegas insists that he never gave up trying and that this long-awaited fourth win is testament to his attitude, hard work and perseverance.

"You got to stay strong and keep working," he said. "I've always done that. I've always been a hard worker and always kind of believed in myself, sometimes more than others, and I’m just happy to be right here right next to this trophy."
"I've accomplished my primary goal this year. It feels great.” - Camilo Villegas

Villegas couldn’t have timed his win better, with the Wyndham Championship being the final regular PGA Tour event of the season. Next comes the lucrative four-tournament FedExCup Playoffs, with Villegas’ win likely having made him eligible for at least three of those.

"At the beginning of the year, I look at my caddie and I said, 'Big guy, I want to win on the PGA Tour again,'" Villegas said. "It happened to be the last tournament of the regular season so, yes, I've accomplished my primary goal this year. It feels great.”

Villegas’ joy was in stark contrast to Martin Laird’s disappointment. Having had a strong week at Sedgefield, Laird came to the 72nd hole needing a birdie to muscle his way into the top 125 on the FedExCup standings and punch his ticket for the Playoffs. Instead, the Glasgow man could only manage a bogey, meaning that he will be forced to sit out the series.

Consequently, Russell Knox, who finished the PGA Tour season ranked in 48th place will be the sole Scot in the money-spinning season-ender.

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