Camilo Villegas 220210 Christian Pondella/Red Bull Photofiles

Camilo Villegas survived a slight wobble on the back nine to win the Honda Classic and shoot the lowest score since the tournament moved to the PGA National in Florida.

The 28-year-old Colombian shot a final round 68 – alongside earlier rounds of 66 and 67 – to finish five shots clear of American Anthony Kim to claim his third PGA Tour title.

Starting the day three shots clear, Villegas made four birdies to double that lead after 10 holes. However, three bogies on the tough back nine threatened to derail his charge before he regained his composure, recording a birdie on the 18th on his way to victory.

"It's been a long week, but man, it's been a good one; I've loved every second of it." Camilo Villegas

“I had a couple of hiccups there in the back nine, but winning golf tournaments is always tough,” he said. “If there is a golf course where you can mess up coming in then it’s this one, trust me. Those finishing holes are tough.”

The win was the Colombian’s first since September 2008, when he won both the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship. It also sees him climb up to 12th in the world rankings.

It was a busy week for Villegas, which started with a Pro-Am in Bogota, and he was clearly delighted to end it on a high: "It's been a long week, but man, it's been a good one; I've loved every second of it.”

Behind Villegas and Kim, Justin Rose made a late surge to finish third while Paul Casey and Vijay Singh tied for fourth.

For more on the Colombian’s win and to look at the latest world rankings go to the official PGA Tour website.


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