Villegas Earns First Tour Victory

Camilo Villegas has the look that would fit nicely in the first month of a golfing calendar featuring PGA Tour stars.

In fact, female fans may even insist that he take up the whole year, given his competition in the male model-like stakes.

Now, the 26-year-old is also a winner, after shooting a 68 on the final day for a wire-to-wire victory in the BMW Championship at Bellerive in St Louis.

His two-stroke victory over Dudley Hart made him the only man, apart from Vijay Singh, to win a tournament on the four-legged FedEx Cup series, although he is still far behind the Fijian in the overall race.

Singh, winner of the first two tournaments, tied for 44th and now only needs to finish four rounds at The Tour Championship to win the $10 million grand prize.

Villegas has been a prominent figure on the PGA Tour over the past few years, not only for his looks but also for his razor sharp golf and unusual putting routine.

He finished at 15-under-par 265 for his first tour victory, which also earned him $1.26 million and a place in the line-up for next year’s US Masters at Augusta. He said in a PGA Tour article:

“It’s awesome to be here. Hopefully, it’s the first of many.”

His breakthrough could have come much earlier had he not stumbled during the latter stages of several events.

He was among the leaders after the second round of the British Open and was a contender at the US PGA Championship before settling for fourth.

He was also only a stroke adrift of the lead at last week’s Deutsch Bank Championship, but he made sure that this week for his for the taking.

Villegas first made himself known two years ago at the Doral tournament when he tied for second behind Tiger Woods.

He has also earned the nickname of “Spider-Man” for the way his contorts his body so his eyes can be level with the ball when lining up putts.

Although he has a mathematical chance of winning the FedEx Cup series, he goes into the final tournament knowing that he needs Singh to suffer a major collapse.

On the European Tour, Jean-Francois Lucquin made it two in a row for French golfers when he won the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland.

After Gregory Havret won last week’s Johnnie Walker Championship, Lucquin followed up with a play-off victory over Northern Irish teenager Rory McIlroy.

He closed with a 67 to finish on 13-under 271 as McIlroy stumbled with a 71 after he missed a five-foot championship putt on the 18th.

It didn’t get any better for McIlroy, who fluffed an even short putt at the same hole, the second play-off hole, from under two feet. Lucquin then sank a 12-footer to win the tournament.

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