August 18, 2014 in Sports

Villegas gets first PGA win since 2010

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Camilo Villegas of Colombia takes a selfie with his winner’s trophy.
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Camilo Villegas won the Wyndham Championship by a stroke for his first PGA Tour victory since 2010, closing with 7-under 63 on Sunday at Sedgefield in Greensboro, North Carolina.

He finished at 17-under 263 and earned $954,000 and 500 FedEx Cup points in the final regular-season event.

The Colombian had four birdies and an eagle on the front nine, added a birdie on the par-5 15th and took the lead into the clubhouse.

He then watched the rest of the field stumble late, giving him his fourth PGA Tour title and first since the 2010 Honda Classic.

Bill Haas and Freddie Jacobson tied for second. Haas had a 64, and Jacobson shot 66. Jacobson needed a par on the final hole to force a playoff, but he rolled his 11-foot putt inches past the hole.

LPGA

Inbee Park successfully defended her title in the LPGA Championship in Pittsford, New York, beating Brittany Lincicome on the first hole of a playoff to end the United States’ major streak at three.

Park finished with a 2-under 70 to match Lincicome at 11-under 276. Lincicome had a 71.

Americans won the first three majors of the year for the first time since 1999. Lexi Thompson began the run at Kraft Nabisco, Michelle Wie won the U.S. Women’s Open and Mo Martin the Women’s British Open.

Champions Tour

Bernhard Langer rallied to win the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, New York, for his fifth Champions Tour victory of the year, while Kevin Sutherland followed his tour-record 59 with a 74 to tie for seventh.

The 56-year-old Langer played all 54 holes without a bogey, closing with a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Woody Austin and Mark O’Meara. Langer finished at 16-under 200 at En-Joie for his 23rd career victory on the 50-and-over tour.

U.S. Amateur

South Korea’s Gunn Yang completed his improbable run to the U.S. Amateur title with a 2-and-1 victory over Canada’s Corey Conners at Johns Creek, Georgia.

At No. 776, Yang became the lowest-ranked player in the world amateur standings to win the event. Along the way, he beat five players inside the top 100, including the 44th-ranked Conners.

The 20-year-old Yang, who lived in Australia for five years and now plays at San Diego State, never trailed in the 36-hole final at Atlanta Athletic Club, pushing his lead to 2 up with four to play by rolling in an 18-foot birdie putt at No. 14. He ended the match with a tap-in par at No. 17, the 35th hole of the day.

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