Villegas snaps winless streak at Wyndham Championship

Sun Aug 17, 2014 7:48pm EDT
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By Andrew Both

GREENSBORO North Carolina (Reuters) - Colombian Camilo Villegas snapped a four-year PGA Tour title drought with a one-stroke win at the Wyndham Championship on Sunday, avoiding an almost certain playoff as those behind him stumbled.

Villegas carded a flawless seven-under-par 63 to take the lead into the clubhouse and then watched the rest of the field falter, making him the first South American to win the event.

The 32-year-old Colombian made his move early, storming around the front nine in 29 strokes, which included a five-foot eagle at the par-five fifth at Sedgefield.

"I'm pretty hard on myself. I've always worked hard and believed in myself, sometimes more than others, and I'm happy to be here," Villegas told reporters after holding his nerve with a steady back nine to clinch his fourth PGA Tour victory.

Villegas finished at 17-under 263 to edge Swede Freddie Jacobson (66), who bogeyed the last after missing a 10-foot putt, and American Bill Haas (64).

"It really sucks when you play solid all day," Jacobson said. "I really thought it was my day coming in."

He was not the only one to squander a chance of winning the event previously known as the Greater Greensboro Open.

Third round leader Nick Watney led with seven holes to play but closed poorly, running up a double-bogey at the last after slicing his tee shot out of bounds.   Continued...