Camilo Villegas shot a final-round 68 to win the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., by five shots Sunday over Anthony Kim, giving the Colombian 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.
"It's been a long week, man," Villegas said. "But man, it's been a good one. I just loved every second of it."
Midway through his round, it seemed like Villegas could waltz to the win. He led by only two after Vijay Singh made a 45-foot birdie putt at the par-3 fifth, but three straight birdies — starting with a 25-footer on No. 8 — sent Villegas to 15 under and six shots clear of the field.
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Good thing he had that cushion, because the putter stopped working after that.
Fortunately for Villegas, no one made much of a run.
He missed short par putts on 11 and 12, three-putted from 50 feet on the par-3 15th for another bogey, but never lost control of the lead and ended up pocketing the $1.008 million winner's share. The outcome, if any doubt actually existed, was sealed when Villegas' approach from 184 yards on the par-4 16th stopped 15 feet from the pin, setting up a routine par.
Steely eyed for most of the day, Villegas finally acknowledged the crowd as he walked up 18, waving and secure in the knowledge that he was getting his first victory since the Tour Championship in 2008.
"Fair play to him," Justin Rose said. "It was nice to even be in a position to kind of think that way, no doubt."
Kim shot 67 and Rose had by far the best round of the day, a 64 that was three shots better than anyone else. Paul Casey (67) and Vijay Singh (72) tied for fourth, seven shots back.
Champions Tour — Fred Couples won his second straight Champions Tour title, shooting a 6-under 65 for a four-stroke victory in the Toshiba Classic.
Couples, making his third start on the 50-and-over tour, had an 18-under 195 total on the Newport Beach (Calif.) Country Club course. He won the ACE Group Classic on Feb. 14 in Florida and finished second behind Tom Watson in the season-opening event in Hawaii. Last week, Couples tied for 14th in the PGA Tour's Phoenix Open.
Couples earned $255,000 to push his tour-leading total to $691,000.