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Player Profile: Camilo Villegas

 

Camilo Villegas

Colombia’s Camilo Villegas won his first PGA Tour event in four seasons last week when he lifted the trophy at the Wyndham Championship.

The 32-year-old has travelled a long path from his beginnings on the Colombian golf circuit to the top-tier PGA Tour – this player profile takes a look at some of his most important career milestones to date.

Early beginnings in golf

Villegas was born in Medellin, Colombia. Encouraged by his family, he took up the game of golf as a child and was soon hitting balls at every opportunity.

The young Villegas took part in several amateur golf tournaments during his teens, winning the Colombian amateur Grand Slam at the age of 16. Having established himself as a strong competitor in his home country, a professional career in golf became his next career goal.

College achievements and professional debut

After finishing high school, Villegas moved to the United States to attend the University of Florida at Gainesville. He was selected for the university’s Florida Gators golf team, which competes on the NCAA circuit. After winning several awards, including freshman of the Year and the prestigious All-American Award, Villegas turned professional.

Making debut on the PGA Tour in 2006, Villegas weathered the transition from college golf to the professional circuit quite easily. Carding two second-place finishes during his rookie year, he finished in the top 20 on the Tour’s money list.

Professional victories

In September 2008, Villegas stormed into the PGA Tour’s winners circle with two victories in a single month: he won the BMW Championship and Tour Championship to establish himself as a strong contender in North American golf.

His third win on the PGA Tour came at the 2010 Honda Classic, followed by his fourth victory at the Wyndham Championship on Sunday.

Although he spends most of his time on the North American golf circuit, Villegas has also been victorious in South America and Asia, winning a total of six events outside the United States.

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