Villegas Wins Bermuda Championship at 24 Under Par
Monday, November 13, 2023

    When Camilo Villegas tapped in a one-footer for par on the final hole to win the Bermuda Championship yesterday, he gazed wistfully toward the sky, and there was probably not a person in the huge crowd surrounding No. 18 with a dry eye.

    They knew the former Gator was communicating with his daughter, Mia, who died of brain cancer at the age of two many years ago. And they knew Camilo has spent years since trying to resurrect his game of old, the one where he won four times on the PGA Tour and accumulated earnings in excess of $20 million.

    Camilo was as cool in the final round as any winner golf fans can remember, as though it was destiny for him to win the $6.5 million event at Port Royal Golf Course, one week after his sharp runner-up finish in the $8.2 million World Wide Technology Championship. He wound up the sensational week with rounds of 67-63-65-65-260, 24 under par, and two strokes ahead of Alex Noren. Camilo banked a cool $1,170,000, while Noren took home $708,500. After sitting out in left field just two weeks ago, Camilo has moved all the way up to No. 75. 

    Camilo led a trio of former Gators across the finish line; Tyson Alexander tied for eighth and banked $177,125, and Brian Gay tied for 37th at 12 under and collected $27,625. 

    Ted Potter wound up at 7 under, tied for 65th, and brought back $13,780 to Ocala. 

    The final event of the season - the $8.4 million RSM Classic at St. Simon's Island - begins Thursday, and Camilo will try to make it back-to-back victories, along with Tyson, Gay, Billy Horschel and Seminole Hank Lebioda. Ted began the weekend as the No. 4 alternate, but by this afternoon had jumped up to No. 2, so there's still a chance he'll make it by Thursday.    

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