Despite a ninth-hole setback in his final round at the PGA Championship in Whistling Straits, Camilo Villegas stormed through the back nine to card a four-under 68, finishing the tournament at 8 under, tied for eighth in the standings.
The Colombian had begun the day at the course in Wisconsin in joint-19th, having achieved one-under twice and two-under in the previous three rounds of the Championship, which had at times been affected by bad weather (see photo of Villegas in practice, below).
It looked like Villegas might fall by the wayside after an up-and-down first nine holes in which he carded five birdies but also a bogey and then a nightmare double-bogey on hole nine.
Despite another bogey immediately after the turn, Villegas recovered well and putted a terrific eagle at hole 16 to give himself a realistic chance of a playoff with the leaders for the magnificent Wanamaker Trophy.
Though this turned out not to be, Villegas finished his final round with respectable pars and a 280 total score – Martin Kaymer of Germany eventually won the Championship, his first Major, after a three-hole play-off with Bubba Watson.