Camilo Villegas Ends Drought with Bermuda Championship Win
The athlete from Antioquia emerged victorious at the Bermuda Championship, breaking a dry spell that had persisted since 2014.
A Remarkable Performance
At 41 years of age, Villegas delivered an exceptional final round, carding a score of 65 strokes, six under par, for a total of 260 (-24) at the Port Royal club in Southampton (Bermuda). Notably, many top stars of the American circuit did not participate in the event.
A Thrilling Finish
In a thrilling finale, with the crowd rallying behind him, the Colombian golfer secured his sixth birdie of the day with an impressive approach shot from the bunker on the 17th hole. This crucial move granted him a two-stroke advantage over the Swede Alex Noren, who had led after the third round on Saturday.
A Long-Awaited Victory
Villegas, whose last triumph came at the 2014 Wyndham Championship, faced disappointment this year, missing the cut in seven out of the 11 PGA tournaments he participated in. However, he came close to ending his drought last week with a joint second-place finish in Mexico.
Securing Future Opportunities
This victory ensures Villegas’ PGA status until 2025 and grants him entry into prestigious tournaments such as the Augusta Masters, the PGA Championship, and the Players Championship next year.
A Touching Moment
During the post-match interview, Villegas was asked about his emotions. While he answered the first question effortlessly, at one point, he looked down and took a few seconds to compose himself, holding back tears.
“It’s difficult to put into words right now, but… Wow! What a journey! Did you know? I have immense love for this game. It has bestowed upon me countless blessings. But in the process, it can be incredibly challenging. Life, too, has its ups and downs. And my little girl, watching from above,” he said, his voice choked with emotion.
Gratitude and Acknowledgment
“I owe this victory to an incredible team. I have a supportive wife and my little one, Mateo. I’m sure he’s jumping with joy, thrilled by this title,” added the Antioquian, expressing his gratitude to everyone who contributed to his triumph after nearly a decade without a win on the circuit.
“I want to thank each and every person who has supported me throughout this journey. Know that I always give my best, and that’s why we’re here,” emphasized the Colombian, who began the final round one shot behind Noren.
A Heavenly Presence and Unwavering Support
Villegas felt the presence of his late daughter, Mía, as he claimed victory. He also acknowledged the unwavering support from the spectators, who cheered him on with every stroke. Their energy and encouragement played a significant role in his triumph.
“The support has been incredible at every turn. I received an overwhelming number of text messages last week, around 500. I could feel the positive energy growing. Everyone on the island has been amazing. They have shown me tremendous support,” he affirmed.
A Heartfelt Conclusion
Before concluding, Villegas once again dedicated his victory to his daughter. “Like I said, I have my little girl watching from above, smiling. This is where she should be after a long battle. I want to express my gratitude to everyone. It has been an incredible week,” he concluded.