What’s the only thing better than a 63 in the first round of a major PGA tournament? A second 63 in the fourth round.
Camilo Villegas got just that on Sunday, using a gorgeous front nine to slice his way theough the Greensboro, North Carolina, course for his second 8-under 63 of the weekend, rallying to defeat Bill Haas and Freddie Jacobson by a single stroke and rack up $954,000 and 500 FedExCup points.
The 32-year-old who withdrew from the Canadian Open to “recharge” two weeks ago, should probably consider doing that more often in the future. Not only was this his first win of 2014, it was his first top 10 finish; and first victory.
It was Villegas’ first tour victory since he took the Honda Classic in 2010. Prior to that, his only two titles were at the 2008 BMW Championship and Tour Championship during the FedExCup.
Villegas raced up the leaderboard on the front nine with four birdies and an eagle 3 on the par-5 No. 5 to hit 6-under at the turn. It was his second eagle on the hole during the tournament. He added a birdie on No. 15.
The surge let him slip by Day 3 leader Heath Slocum, who fell back to fourth despite shooting a 67 to finish two strokes back.
The US’ Bill Haas and Sweden’s Freddie Jacobson tied for second, with Haas firing a 64, seven birdies and no bogeys. Jacobson could have won the tournament with a birdie on No. 18, or forced a playoff with a par, but bogeyed the final hole of the round after entering the hole at 5-under.
Former champions Brandt Snedeker and Webb Simpson tied with Nick Watney at 14-under.