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A Gator Snaps Up A Honda (Classic)

Camilo Villegas gets his 3rd PGA Tour win at the Honda Classic
Camilo Villegas gets his 3rd PGA Tour win at the Honda Classic

-Villegas Wins 3rd PGA Tour Title-

It was a crazy week for Camilo Villegas with a very happy ending.  After rushing home to Columbia to help kick off the Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open Presented by Samsung, a new event on the Nationwide Tour, he scrambled into Palm Beach Gardens with great PGA Tour expectations.

His hopes were met today as the former Florida Gator player stormed to victory at the 2010 Honda Classic on a golf course that gave fits to his fellow pros.  It is the 3rd win for Villegas who had shown fine form in his first two PGA Tour events of the season.  Only a missed short putt kept him out of the World Championships – Accenture Match Play final two weeks ago where he eventually finished 3rd.  He followed that up with a tie for 8th at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

It is strong streak of play, totally uninterrupted by the jaunt home to Columbia.  In the media room yesterday, after finishing as the 54-hole leader, Villegas says he actually found a little inspiration in the journey. “Going back home and getting a little bit of time with my people in Colombia with a lot of American players that went to go play the first Nationwide Tour being played there was awesome. It was awesome to hear all of those great comments about my country was pretty exciting.  So was it a long trip? Yes. But at the end of the day, it gave me a little — it gave me a little something, a little positive something that I think it’s helped for this week.”

He might want to make a trip home every week if that is what it takes to play like he did today.

He got out of the gate quickly with a clean 32 on the front nine that included three birdies.  It looked like Anthony Kim might be a factor after making birdies on three of his first four holes but a bogey on the 9th seemed to stall any momentum he had built.  By the time he had played the tenth hole Villegas’ lead ballooned by 6 shots.

Camilo had leaned hard on his Scotty Cameron putter through the early holes of the day, making significant length par and birdie putts. It would betray him early in the back nine, though, when he missed a few short conversions on 11, 12, and 15 that shrunk his lead to three.

He steadied the ship and played smartly after that, letting opponents make the mistakes as they tried to chip away at the lead.  They failed to gain any ground on the leader, and by the time he reached the 18th tee he had four strokes to play with.  It made for a joyous march down the last hole in front of a very supportive crowd as he wrapped up the win and $1.008 million dollars with the perfect exclamation, a birdie. It is the ideal warm-up for next week’s World Golf Championships – CA Championship just down the road at Doral.

With the form he has shown of late, Camilo Villegas might just be ready to snap up that title as well.

In the Bag – Courtesy www.cobragolf.com

Driver:  Cobra S9-1 (10.5)

Fwy: Cobra Speed LD FST (15.5, 18)

Hybrid: Titleist 909H (24)

Irons: Cobra Pro CB (5-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (54, 58, 60)

Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist Circa ‘62 No. 6

Ball: Titleist ProV1