Camilo Villegas

    Camilo Villegas

    Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)

    Weight: 160 lb (73 kg; 11 st)

    Birthday: 7 January 1982

    College: University of Florida

    Year turned pro: 2004

    Birthplace: Medellín, Colombia

    Country: Colombia

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    Camilo Villegas was born in Medellín, Colombia, where he began playing golf while he was still a child. He achieved many successes in amateur golf in Colombia as a junior. In 2001 he was only the second player to win the Colombian Open as an amateur. At the end of the 1990s Colombian Golf Federation gave him the distinction of "Player of the Decade".

    Villegas attended College at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Buddy Alexander's Florida Gators men's golf team. He had a successful College golf career during which he was Southeastern Conference (SEC) Freshman of the Year in 2001 and the SEC Player of the Year in 2002 and 2004. Villegas was also All-American for four years, from 2001 to 2004.

    Villegas turned professional in 2004, and commenced playing on the PGA Tour the same year, gaining his Tour card for the 2006 season. Villegas started well on the PGA Tour, achieving two second place finishes and a third place finish out of his first nine starts. The following season Villegas made his first appearance at the Masters. That same year Villegas won his second professional tournament, at the Coca-Cola Tokai Classic on the Japan Golf Tour. This professional win was followed by a third, at the 2008 TELUS Skins Game.

    Also in 2008, Villegas broke records when he shot 65 in the second round of The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. He continued with the run of form, winning his first PGA Tour event, at the BMW Championship. He followed this win with a triumph at The Tour Championships.

     
    Although Villegas commenced playing on the European Tour in 2008 he still predominantly played in the US. 2010 saw him achieving his third PGA Tour victory, at the Honda Classic. After choosing not to maintain his status on the European Tour, Villegas suffered a dip in form which saw him failing to regain a PGA Tour card in 2012, but he had conditional status on the Tour for 2013. That season he finished in 110th place in the FedEx Cup and secured his PGA Tour status for 2014. His win at the Wyndham Championship in 2014 meant that Villegas earned an invitation to the 2015 Masters Tournament as well as two years full-exempt status on the PGA Tour.

    As of the end of 2014, Villegas had achieved four PGA Tour wins, amassing prize money of $17,201,950.

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