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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). 

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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.


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