Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Camilo Villegas wins Wyndham Championship

GREENSBORO, N.C. — When Camilo Villegas finished his final round in the Wyndham Championship, he was hoping to get into a playoff.

Instead, every other contender stumbled, and the former Gator didn't have to hit another shot to win his first PGA Tour title since 2010.

Villegas shot 7-under 63 and finished at 17-under 263 for a one-stroke win over Bill Haas (64) and Freddie Jacobson (66) in the final regular-season tour event. His 63 ties the lowest final-round score by a tour winner this season. Jimmy Walker shot 63 to win the Sony Open.

Villegas had four birdies and an eagle on the front nine, added a birdie on the par-5 15th and watched the rest of the tournament from the air-conditioned scorer's tent with his caddie.

"I was hoping for a playoff," said Villegas, who led after the first round. "I thought I needed one more (stroke)."

When the rest of the field struggled late, Villegas, 32, wound up with his fourth tour title and first since the 2010 Honda Classic.

Heath Slocum (67) was two strokes back. Brandt Snedeker (67), Webb Simpson (67) and third-round leader Nick Watney (70) were at 14 under.

Jacobson needed a par on the final hole to force a playoff, but he rolled his 11-foot putt inches past the hole.

"When the boys got closer to the last hole, you can get a little anxious," Villegas said. "You don't have a golf club in your hand. You can't really control it."

The main subplot in the tournament was the last-gasp push for spots in the tour's playoffs, which begin Thursday at the Barclays in New Jersey for the top 125 on the points list.

Slocum, who arrived at No. 158, was briefly at 17 under but slipped off the pace by closing with two bogeys that helped keep him out of the Barclays field. He finished at No. 129.

Martin Laird, who was at No. 136, was near the lead all weekend, but his tie for 14th could propel him only to No. 127.

Paul Casey, 125th at the start of the week, tied for 18th to keep himself in the field. Sang-Moon Bae played his way into the playoffs with a tie for 14th that moved him to No. 120. Jhonattan Vegas was at No. 124 and kept himself in the field with a tie for eighth.

Champions: Bernhard Langer rallied from four back to win the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y., for his fifth victory of the year. Kevin Sutherland followed his tour-record 59 with 2-over 74 to tie for seventh. Langer had a bogey-free 6-under 66 for a one-stroke win over Woody Austin (65) and Mark O'Meara (66) at 16-under 200. Sutherland, the second-round leader, finished 12 under.

U.S. Amateur: South Korea's Gunn Yang became the lowest-ranked player in the world amateur standings to win the title, beating Canada's Corey Conners 2-and-1 at Johns Creek, Ga. Yang, ranked No. 776, beat five players inside the top 100, including No. 44 Conners. Yang, 20 and a player at San Diego State, never trailed in the 36-hole final at Atlanta Athletic Club.