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Camilo Villegas

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (34) / 1/7/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 160

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Camilo Villegas looks to improve his status for the upcoming season as he turns his attention toward Atlantic Beach Country Club for this week's Tour Championship.
The Florida Gator finished the 2015-16 PGA TOUR season ranked 152nd in the FedExCup standings. He can dig into Past Champion status for the 2016-17 campaign, but starts would be hard to come by playing out of that category. Instead, Villegas is hoping for a big finish to the Tour Finals to vault him inside The Finals 25. So far, he's posted MC-MC-T34 to find himself 72nd in the WCT Finals rankings. The four-time PGA TOUR winner will be one of the most experienced golfers in the field this week, but he'll need to put that experience to good use if he wants to earn back his PGA TOUR card. Oct 4 - 6:39 PM

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Camilio Villegas hoisted the hardware at the 2014 Wyndham Championship and returns this week for another crack at Sedgefield Country Club.

With Davis Love III sidelined with a hip injury, Villegas is the latest in the field to win at this week's venue. In 2014 he opened and closed the week with 7-under 63s with rounds of 69 and 68 sandwiched in-between. That was the Colombian's fourth PGA TOUR win, and second victory on a Donald Ross design (2008 TOUR Championship at East Lake). This week, Villegas enters in 150th position on the FedExCup standings and 158th on the money list, in need of a big week if he wants to retain his PGA TOUR status for the 2016-17 season.
Aug 16 - 1:45 PM

Due to inclement weather in the area, the horn was sounded at 11:38 a.m. CT. to suspend round one play at the John Deere Classic. Golfers were removed from the course, meaning this will likely last at least an hour. UPDATE: Play is scheduled to resume at 3:08 p.m. CT, which would put the delay at 3 hours, 30 minutes.

Prior to the storm arriving at TPC Deere Run, Camilio Villegas opened his week with four birdies and one bogey over his first 12 holes. As the horn sounded, he was standing over a 10-foot birdie attempt. The Colombian notably withdrew from the Rio Olympic Games to focus on keeping his PGA TOUR status. The exemption for his 2014 Wyndham Championship win expires at the end of this season, and he currently ranks 146th in the FedExCup race.
Aug 11 - 12:54 PM

Camilo Villegas withdrew during round two of the Barbasol Championship, he was 4-over at the time and cited a wrist injury as the culprit for the WD. UPDATE: Villegas returned to action on July 21st at the RBC Canadian Open and shot a first-round 2-over-par 39-35=74.

Villegas opened his week with a one birdie, two bogey effort on Thursday. That would have been alright if he was facing off against Royal Troon, but Grand National's Lake Course was yielding a field average score of -0.67 under par during round one. Today, he started the day with a three-hole bogey train before the withdraw. At 141st in the FedExCup standings, this would be an inopportune time to suffer an injury setback. There is no word on the severity at this time but regardless of the severity, he will likely tee it up the next chance he gets, as he fights to retain his PGA TOUR status. His exemption from winning the 2014 Wyndham Championship runs out at the end of this season, so he can no longer lean on that conduit.
Jul 15 - 5:03 PM

Camilo Villegas vaulted up the leaderboard with 14 points during the opening round of the Barracuda Championship, signing for a bogey-free, 6-under-par 30-35=65 to sit one point off the early pacesetter Martin Laird.

The Colombian opened the week outside the FedExCup Playoff bubble at 142nd in the standings. A good week would go a long way and he's off to a good start so far. Villegas split 10 (of 14) fairways and landed 13 greens in regulation. That steady ball-striking was crucial in keeping his card blemish-free, but it was the flat stick that yielded all the scoring. Villegas needed just 24 putts to make his way around Montrêux Golf and Country Club, converting three times from outside 11 feet. He also holed out from off the green (78 feet) for birdie at the par-4 fifth hole. This marks his seventh career round at Montrêux, and easily the best on his resume (69/R3 2013).
Jun 30 - 8:50 PM

Camilo Villegas was a magician on and around the greens en route to a 5-under-par 32-34=66 during the opening round of the Quicken Loans National.

The Colombian hosted a putting clinic today, splashing home seven putts from outside six feet, three of those from outside 19 feet. Most notable was a three-pack of putts that totaled 82'9", starting at the par-3 seventh hole, all landing in the bottom of the cup for birdies. He walked off the course gaining 5.10 strokes with the putter. In addition to the remarkable putting, he also holed out from the rough (27'9") for birdie at the par-3 13th hole. Villegas entered the week with a 2-for-7 record at the Quicken Loans National, but this kind of display of short game prowess will quickly erase any past course or tournament history. Gamers should not expect a repeat of this putting performance, but Villegas has now given himself a nice cushion to open the week.
Jun 23 - 3:25 PM

Camilo Villegas finds himself in the middle of a slump ahead of this week's Memorial, his 10th appearance at the event.

Villegas has finished outside the top 50 in six of his last seven starts heading into the week. That puts him at 137th in the FedExCup race, which wouldn't qualify him for the playoffs if they were to begin today. He should pick up some extra points this week though, as he's 8-for-9 at Muirfield Village, perfect since missing the cut in his 2006 debut. Despite the eight paychecks, he's never finished better than T28 here. The culprit appears to be the weekend course setup as his pre-cut scoring average is 0.87 strokes better than his weekend average at Memorial.
May 31 - 10:25 PM

Camilo Villegas returns to Harbour Town Golf Links for an 11th start at this week's RBC Heritage.

The Colombian arrives with a trio of top 10s on his Heritage resume. He can really thrive here when his game is on. He also sports a missed cut and two WDs during that 10-start history. More recently, he's made the cut in four of his last five after opening the season with a 3-for-8 record. He's finding form and also teeing it up at a comfortable venue, making him a nice off-the-radar sleeper this week.
Apr 13 - 9:06 AM

Camilo Villegas fired a 7-under-par 33-32=65 on day four of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to post 2-under 286, matching the low round of the week thus far with Jason Day (in round two), and Rory McIlroy (in round four).

Villegas was too far back for his 65 to matter, beginning his final frame in a three-way tie for DFL on 5-over 221 -- with Ryan Moore and Davis Love III. For Yahoo! gamers, it obviously does matter, but probably not as much as top-ranked McIlroy. The former Florida Gator circled nine birdies in the finale, including eight in a 10-hole stretch, and currently leads the field in that category with 22, but is T55 on the leaderboard. It's his second-best round of the season after 63/R1 Northern Trust.
Mar 20 - 1:53 PM

Overnight leader Camilo Villegas stumbled to a 3-over-par 39-35=74 on day two of the Northern Trust Open for a 36-hole aggregate of 5-under 137, down nine places on the live leaderboard to T10.

Villegas' opening 8-under 63 was easily a personal best in 11 career rounds at Riviera CC (previous best was 69) and was good for a three-shot advantage over three players. It was his 11th career 18-hole lead/co-lead (266th start) and twice prior, he's converted those into victories (2014 Wyndam and the 2008 BMW Championship). The Colombian is going to have his work cut out for him if he's going to make that a trio after coming in 11 strokes worse on day two. He circled nine par breakers in R1 but could muster only two on Friday, swallowed-up by three bogeys and a double bogey-6, all failed scrambles. The 34-year-old regressed to four (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation and after gaining 8.417 strokes on day one, plummeted to -2.863 in strokes gained: total in round two at the time he signed his card.
Feb 19 - 3:55 PM

Camilo Villegas lapped the field with an 8-under-par 31-32=63 in the first round of the Northern Trust Open, one shy of his career-low round.

Villegas entered the week on the heels of four straight cuts. To say this was a surprise would be an understatement. The Colombian was locked in today, ranking T31 in driving accuracy and T5 in greens hit. As a whole, his tee-to-green game was ranked first in the field when he walked off the course as he gained 5.855 strokes over the field in that regard. His putter wasn't completely dormant, though, as his four-hole birdie train that started on the par-4 fifth hole included three putts form outside 12 feet. Villegas had a chance for history as he stepped onto the ninth tee box needing a birdie to post a 61 and match the Riviera CC course record set by Ted Tryba back in the third round of the 1999 edition. Tryba followed it up with a 1-over 72 to finish T2 on the week.
Feb 18 - 8:07 PM

Camilo Villegas embarks on his 10th playing of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale.

Villegas' best in nine WMPO appearances was 10 years ago, posting a T2 in his 2006 tourney debut. He added a T8 in 2010 but his last four tries have yielded nothing better than T37/2014 with a missed cut (by seven) in 2015 (76-74) and a WD after a first-round 7-over 78 in 2011. The 34-year-old enters the week in poor form with three straight missed cuts, including by two strokes at last week's Farmers after rounds of 74-71.
Feb 3 - 2:21 PM

Camilo Villegas is in the last season of full-exempt status from his win at the 2013-14 Wyndham Championship which incidentally, is his last top-10 finish on TOUR, 35 starts ago.

The 33-year-old opened his 11th PGA TOUR season in CUT-T16-T29 and a T75/MDF at The RSM Classic, missing the 54-hole cut by one on rounds of 67-73-70. Two weeks ago, he teamed with Cameron Tringale to post a T5 (of 12 teams) at the unofficial Franklin Templeton Shootout.
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 07:20:00 AM

Camilo Villegas lapped the Plantation Course at Sea Island Resort in 5-under-par 34-33=67 in today's opening round of The RSM Classic.

Villegas is 3-for-3 with a T20 here in 2012, so it's been a reliable TOUR stop. However, today's experience was his first in competition on the new co-host course, so the jury was out on if his comfort zone looped it in. Indeed, it did. He opened with a bogey-5 at the 10th hole, but rallied for six birdies, five of which in a six-hole stretch bridging the turn. He came to rest in a 13-way tie for 10th place two strokes off the overnight lead. Villegas will draw the Seaside Course for the rest of the week.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 05:10:00 PM

Camilo Villegas followed his opening 67 at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba with a 3-under-par 34-34=68 in today's second round.

At 7-under 135, he's fives swings adrift of the 36-hole clubhouse lead. Villegas regressed tee-to-green today with seven (of 14) fairways hit and 13 greens in regulation, but he still picked off five birdies to compensate for another two bogeys. It's largely irrelevant to suggest that the Colombian might find comfort in speaking the native language of México, but he's still trending toward a personal-best finish in his third trip. He was just 1-for-2 at El Camaleón with a T36 in 2013 upon arrival.
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 12:45:00 PM