Cycling trip pays dividends for Villegas


Camilo Villegas won his fourth PGA Tour title on Sunday. (Getty)

GREENSBORO, N.C. – While many big names were playing two weeks ago at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Camilo Villegas was riding his bike thousands of miles away.

The unorthodox approach paid dividends for Villegas, who fired a 7-under 63 Sunday to capture the Wyndham Championship for his fourth PGA Tour victory.

A native of Colombia, Villegas traveled back to visit his parents in South America two weeks ago. An avid cyclist, he spent much of his leisure time riding his bike in his homeland.

“I probably (biked) a little over 400 miles,” Villlegas said. “It was a nice week, recharged. Sent my clubs home to Jupiter.”

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Teeing it up for the first time since a withdrawal from the RBC Canadian Open, Villegas carded bookend rounds of 63 and was the last man standing at Sedgefield Country Club as myriad challengers fell just short. He finished one shot clear of Bill Haas and Fredrik Jacobson for his first win since the 2010 Honda Classic.

Known for years as one of the Tour’s fittest players, Villegas said he considers a long ride to be 100 miles and looks to the road as one of his preferred escapes from life inside the ropes.

“The cycling, it gets me away from everything,” he said. “Especially I love riding with a lot of guys. I ride really good, so there’s a lot of suffering and no time to think. Somehow I love that, I don’t know why.”