Villegas rolls to five-shot victory

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. --- Camilo Villegas was checking his phone constantly on the driving range, barely bothering to hit any balls and instead seeking updates on how his brother was doing at a Nationwide Tour event in their native Colombia.

Camilo Villegas acknowledges the gallery after winning the Honda Classic on Sunday. He shot 68 and finished at 13-under 267.   Associated Press
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Camilo Villegas acknowledges the gallery after winning the Honda Classic on Sunday. He shot 68 and finished at 13-under 267.

As Villegas showed all week, practice can be overrated.

Villegas shot a final-round 68 to win the Honda Classic by five shots Sunday over Anthony Kim for his third PGA Tour victory.

He finished at 13-under 267, the lowest 72-hole score since the Honda moved to PGA National in 2007, four shots better than Y.E. Yang's winning total a year ago. And Villegas made it look easy most of the way, too, capping his day with a 20-footer for birdie, then raising both hands skyward.

"I've just had good vibes in me all week," said Villegas, who climbed to No. 12 in the world rankings.

Those vibes were never better than Sunday.

He led by only two after Vijay Singh made a 45-foot birdie putt at the par-3 fifth, but three consecutive birdies -- starting with a 25-footer on No. 8 -- sent Villegas to 15 under and six shots clear of the field.

Good thing he had that cushion, because the putter stopped working after that.

Fortunately for Villegas, no one made much of a run.

"It's very special," Villegas said. "I'm just very privileged to do what I do. But trust me, it's tough. These guys are good. That is so true. Those guys are good."

Wilson ties for 17th

- Former Augusta State star Oliver Wilson shot 71 to finish even-par for the tournament and tied for 17th place.

- Augusta native Charles Howell shot 71 and finished tied for 26th place at 1-over 281.

- Swainsboro, Ga., resident Blake Adams shot 74 and finished 8-over.

- Evans resident Vaughn Taylor shot 72 and finished 10-over.


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