Tricky 18th hole helps Villegas win Wyndham

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 18, 2014 at 2:30 am •  Published: August 18, 2014
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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Camilo Villegas got some help from an unlikely source on his way to his first victory in a while.

The tricky 18th hole at Sedgefield Country Club tripped up his top two challengers.

Villegas won the Wyndham Championship by a stroke Sunday for his first on the PGA Tour since 2010 after Freddie Jacobson and Nick Watney ran into trouble on the final hole.

"I thought somebody was going to get" a birdie on 18, Villegas said.

Nobody who could catch him did.

That gave the Colombian $954,000 in prize money and 500 FedEx Cup points in the final regular-season event.

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," Villegas said.

Turns out, he didn't have to hit another shot, not after the rest of the field struggled late. Instead, he earned his fourth PGA Tour title and first since the 2010 Honda Classic.

He also became the second first-round leader to win this tournament since its 2008 move back to Sedgefield and first since Arjun Atwal in 2010.

Bill Haas (64) and Jacobson (66) tied for second.

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

"It really sucks when you play solid all day and, you know, I really thought it was my day coming in," Jacobson said. "All I needed was a solid strike to get up there and good feed in and have a good chance of winning."

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

Villegas had to wait about 40 minutes after his round ended before his victory was secure.

He closed his round with three straight pars, tapping in from about 2 feet on 18 and hoping it was good enough.

It was — once the crowd thinned itself out.

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