Camillo Villegas Player Profile And What's In The Bag
After a brutal 3,374 days, Camilo Villegas is once again a winner on the PGA Tour.
The 41-year-old shot a six-under 65 in the final round at Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, Bermuda, to win the Butterfield Bermuda Championship at 24 under by two shots over Alex Noren, who closed the week with a 68.
The win is the fifth of Villegas’ PGA Tour career but his first since the 2014 Wyndham Championship.
Understandably, he was highly emotional afterwards. He said: “It’s tough to put in words, what a ride man. I love this game, it’s given me so many great things. But in the process it kicks your butt.”
Villegas has been through proper tragedy. In 2020, the Columbian revealed through tears at a Korn Ferry Tour event that his 22-month-old daughter Mia was battling tumours on his brain and spine. “We don’t know exactly what’s going to happen,” Villegas said that June. “She started her second round of chemo; the doctor doesn’t want to do a very detailed scan until after a third round. It’s some anxious times.”
A month later, Mia passed away. It put the game of golf in perspective for the player.
Entering the week Villegas had missed seven cuts across 11 starts on Tour this season but did earn a tied second at last week’s World Wide Technology Championship.
The win earns Villegas exempt status on Tour until 2025 and access to next year’s Masters, PGA Championship and Players Championship, as well as the Sentry, American Express and Charles Schwab Challenge.
Camilo Villegas was born in Medellin, Colombia on January 7, 1982.
After winning several National Junior Championships in Colombia between the ages of 8 and 15, at 16 he became the first player in Colombian golf history to win the Amateur's Grand Slam in the same year: The National Junior Championship (stroke play), the National Junior Championship (match play), the National Amateur Championship, and the Colombian Open in the amateur category.
Then, in 2001, he became only the second player to win the Colombian Open as an amateur. His success in Colombian golf throughout the 1990s earned him the distinction of "Player of the Decade" issued by the Colombian Golf Federation.
He is known for his physical fitness and cites Gary Player as his mentor and inspiration.
In June 2006, Golf Digest described Villegas as the sexiest golfer on the PGA Tour.
Villegas began playing occasionally on the PGA Tour in 2004 and earned his PGA Tour card just prior to the 2006 season. He had a terrific start to his 2006 rookie year on tour, with two second-place finishes and a third place in his first nine events.
In 2007 he won the Coca-Cola Classic in Japan. He won his first PGA Tour event at the BMW Championship in 2008 and followed that by claiming the Tour Championship, beating Sergio Garcia in a playoff.
He won the Honda Classic in 2010 by five shots but then lost his card until 2014, when he won the Wyndham Championship - it was his last victory until Bermuda.
Tragically, on July 26, 2020, Villegas' 22-month-old daughter Mia died after battling tumours on her brain and spine. Despite the tragedy, Villegas said in a heartfelt interview that he would try to reconnect himself with the game of golf, and return to form, stating that "despite not being able to change what has happened, we will try to seek the future, with the memory of Mia by our side."
He had shown no form until finishing in a tie for second at the World Wide Technology Championship, the tournament that preceded the Butterfield Bermuda Championship.
Villegas started in Bermuda in 147th place in the FedEx Cup standings but ended the week in 75th place, securing a two-year exemption.
Butterfield Bermuda Championship - 1st
World Wide Technology Championship - T2nd
Sanderson Farms Championship - CUT
Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship - T37th
Simmons Bank Open For The Snedeker Foundation - CUT
Albertsons Boise Open Presented by Chevron - T43rd
Magnit Championship - T45th
Pinnacle Bank Championship Presented by Aetna - CUT
NV5 Invitational Presented by Old National Bank - CUT
Price Cutter Charity Championship Presented by Dr Pepper - T7th
Driving Distance - 287.8 Yards
Driving Accuracy - 60.28%
Greens in Regulation - 63.80%
Sand Saves - 49.02%
Putts Per Round - 28.52
Scoring Average - 72.01
Driver: Titleist TSi3 (11 Degrees, C1 SureFit Setting)
3-Wood: TaylorMade M4 (16.5 Degrees)
5-Wood: TaylorMade M2 (21 Degrees)
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2 (5, 24 Degrees)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (54-08M, 60-08M)
Putter: L.A.B. Golf Mezz.1 Max
Grips: Custom Golf Pride MCC
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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