Camilo Villegas is back in the winners circle again
Greensboro, North Carolina - Camilo Villegas last won in 2010, where his
world ranking rose to 12th, starting this years Wyndham Championship,
he had fallen to the 254th ranked player in the world of Professional Golf.
Villegas left his clubs home last week in Jupiter, Florida and visited his
parents in Columbia. While away he did what he often does at home, he
logged 400 miles on his bicycle, and returned with a renewed attitude.
The Columbian blitzed the front nine Sunday at the Donald Ross' Sedgefield
Country Club-shooting 29 with 3 birdies and an eagle. After turning in his
second 63 of the week - reaching 17 under par-Villegas watched in the
scorers trailer for nearly an hour as Bill Haas, Frederick Jacobson and Nick
Watney all failed to match the posted score. After over 3 years of frustration
and hard work, Villegas once again is a Champion . . . he was both relieved
and reflective afterward.
"You got to stay strong and keep working," Villegas said philosophically
as he sat beside the big silver cup named the Sam Snead Trophy in
tribute to the Wyndham Championship's eight-time winner. I've always
done that. I've always been a hard worker and always kind of believed
in myself, sometimes more than others...just happy to be right here next
to this trophy." The win bolts Villegas up 68 spots to 37th in the Fedex Cup
standings. The Fedex Cup Playoffs begin this week in New Jersey for the
Barclay's Championship at Ridgewood CC.
Lincicome Stumbles, Park Defends LPGA Championship
Inbee Park celebrated her 5th major win on Sunday at the LPGA Championship
Rochester, New York - Inbee Park shot a final round 70 on her way to defending
her title at the Wegman's LPGA Championship, but this tournament belonged to
Brittany Lincicome - all the way until her par putt on the 72nd hole slid by. What
seemed like a fairly routine up & down from the fringe, turned into a nightmare for
the 61st ranked player in the world. Lincicome misjudged the first putt leaving it
some 7 feet short, when she failed to convert the par (finishing -11 after a final
round 71), it was off to a sudden death playoff (once again playing the 18th hole).
In the playoff, Park's approach from the fairway rolled just through the green into
the rough some 20 feet away. Lincicome hit her 7 iron approach once again to the
left of the green, this time chipping from 25 feet away. She hit a mediocre chip 7
feet past the hole. Park then chipped out of the rough to tap in range. Lincicome
once again missed her par putt, leaving Park to tap in and celebrate defending
her 2013 title. The victory was Park's 5th major of her career.
If it wasn't for some late heroics with the flatstick, Park would never have had
the chance. She drained a 12 foot birdie on the 17th to make it interesting, and
then saved par with an 18 foot clutch roll on the last, it appeared at the time
to be one stroke too many. As it turned out, that par on the 72nd hole was really
the shot of the tournament. "I've been waiting to win again and I've been so close
the past few weeks, but I just didn't get it done," said Park. "Today I got it done.
It definitely is a big honor to actually put my name on the trophy twice, and
obviously to defend my title, but I feel very exhausted."