2014 Wyndham Championship (The final of 41 events in the 2013-14 PGA TOUR Season), Greensboro, N.C., August 11-17, 2014; First-place FedExCup Points: 500; Sedgefield Country Club, Par/Yards: 70/7,127; Purse: $5,300,000 - Final-Round Notes – Sunday, August 17, 2014

Weather: A mix of sun and clouds, with a high of 88 degrees. Winds W 4-8 mph.

Final-Round Leaderboard

Camilo Villegas  63-69-68-63—263 (-17) (pictured by Getty Images)

Bill Haas 68-66-66-64—264 (-16)

Freddie Jacobson 68-64-66-66—264 (-16)

Heath Slocum 65-65-68-67—265 (-15)

Sang-Moon Bae is the only player in the field to move from outside the top 125 to inside the top 125 in FedExCup points standings. Nicholas Thompson was the only player to drop from inside the top 125.

Four players will retain exempt status for the 2014-2015 PGA TOUR Season based on official money earnings; Nicholas Thompson, Jim Renner, Mike Weir and Charlie Beljan. Players outside of the 125th spot in the FedExCup standings, but inside the top 125 on the money list will miss the Playoffs but will be exempt for the 2014-15 PGA TOUR Season.

FedExCup Notes

As the final event in the PGA TOUR Season, the Wyndham Championship played a pivotal role in the race to the FedExCup Playoffs. The event offered the final opportunity for players to improve their FedExCup positions heading into the Playoffs, or in some instances, move into the top 125 in the FedExCup standings and qualify for the first Playoff event, The Barclays.

Players on the FedExCup top 125 bubble in the Wyndham Championship field:

FEC Standing   Player   Final Pos. (FEC)                      

120   David Toms  T18 (112th)

121   James Hahn  T57 (121st)

122   Robert Allenby  missed cut (125th)

123   Nicholas Thompson T70 (126th)

124   Jhonattan Vegas T8 (108th)

125   Paul Casey T18 (118th)

126   Sang-Moon Bae (exempt from ‘13 AT&T Byron Nelson win  T14 (120)

127   Charlie Beljan missed cut (130th)

128   Greg Chalmers missed cut (132nd)

129   David Lingmerth T74 (134th)

130   J.J. Henry T32 (128th)

J.J. Henry is one of eight players to finish inside the top 125 on the PGA TOUR money list each year since 2001, joining K.J. Choi, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson, Geoff Ogilvy and Rory Sabbatini. Henry was the only player among the eight outside the top 125 at the beginning of the week. Henry finished No. 143 in official money earnings.

None of the five players in the Wyndham Championship that began the week outside the top 125 in the FedExCup standings, but had never missed the FedExCup Playoffs, got the job done this week: Brian Gay (140), J.J. Henry (128), John Merrick (133), John Rollins (164) and Charlie Wi (149). In total, 30 players have qualified for the Playoffs all seven years (2007-2013). Tour Finals Bubble Notes

The Tour Finals debuted last year with the Wyndham Championship playing a key role in the final qualification. Players ranked Nos. 126-200 on the FedExCup points list will be eligible for the Tour Finals.

Only one player advanced from outside the top 200 in FedExCup standings to inside this week at the Wyndham Championship. Doug LaBelle II shot an even-par 70 in the final round to finish T38 and jump to No. 200, pushing David Duval out of that spot.

2014 Wyndham Championship Victory Notes

Camilo Villegas

Camilo Villegas posted bogey-free, 7-under 63s in the first and final rounds of the Wyndham Championship to claim his fourth career title on the PGA TOUR..

Villegas’ victory comes at the age of 32 years, 7 months and 10 days in his 227th career start on the PGA TOUR. He previously won the 2008 BMW Championship, 2008 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and 2010 Honda Classic.

Villegas earns exempt status through the 2015-2016 PGA TOUR Season.

Villegas collects 500 FedExCup points and moves to No. 37 in the FedExCup standings, up from No. 105.

If not otherwise exempt, Villegas earns a spot into the following PGA TOUR events:  2014 WGC-HSBC Champions, 2015 Hyundai Tournament of Champions, 2015 Humana Challenge, 2015 Arnold Palmer Invitational, 2015 Masters Tournament, 2015 RBC Heritage, 2015 PLAYERS Championship and 2015 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

Villegas breaks a winless spell of 116 PGA TOUR starts, dating to the 2010 Honda Classic.

Villegas wins in his fifth start at the Wyndham Championship, with a T293 in 2013, T70 in 2012, T9 in 2011 and missed cut in 2006 his other finishes.

Villegas becomes only the second come-from-behind winner of the event after 54 holes since its return to Sedgefield Country Club in 2008 (Ryan Moore/2009).

Villegas becomes the 20th come-from-behind winner after 54 holes on the PGA TOUR this season (40 stroke-play events).

Villegas becomes the fourth international-born winner of the Wyndham Championship since moving to Sedgefield Country Club in 2008 (Carl Pettersson/2008, Arjun Atwal/2010, Sergio Garcia/2010).

Villegas becomes the 17th player to win in his 30s on the PGA TOUR this season (20 wins).

2013-2014 PGA TOUR Season starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 26-18-1-1.

Camilo Villegas – Wyndham Championship Statistics

Driving Accuracy  43 of 56 (76.8%)  T5

Greens in Regulation 56 of 72 (77.8%)  T8

Total Putts 116 T24

Driving Distance  300.9  39th

Strokes Gained – Putting .954/Avg.16th

Camilo Villegas

Birthdate: 1/7/1982                      

Birthplace/Resides: Medellin, Colombia/Jupiter, Fla.

Family: Single

Height/Weight: 5-9/160

Turned Pro: 2004

Joined TOUR: 2006

Bill Haas

Finishing with a bogey-free, 6-under 64, Wake Forest’s Bill Haas finished T2, good for his third top-10 finish in 10 starts at the Wyndham Championship. Haas finished T7 in 2012 and T10 in 2009. The finish this week also marks his fourth top-10 finish of the season.

With the share of second place, has jumps from No. 35 to No. 24 in FedExCup standings.

Haas has made it to the FedExCup Playoffs every year since its 2007 inception.

Freddie Jacobson

Freddie Jacobson following a 6-under 64 in round two with back-to-back 66s on the weekend to claim T2 honors, his best finish since his 2011 Travelers Championship victory.

Beginning the week ranked 64th in FedExCup standings, Jacobson’s T2 at the Wyndham Championship moves him to No.38 in the standings, up from No. 64.

Jacobson’s finish in Greensboro marks his fourth top-10 finish in his 24th start of the 2013-2014 PGA TOUR Season. His most recent top 10 before today was a T3 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

Jacobson has made it to the FedExCup Playoffs every season since its 2007 inception. His lone trip to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola came in 2011 (T16).

Heath Slocum

Slocum entered this week at No. 158 (284 points) in the FedExCup standings, and needed to finish no worse than solo third to ensure his seventh trip to the FedExCup Playoffs. He could’ve also retained his card via the top-125 money route with a solo-third finish. Slocum finished fourth and ends his season ranked No. 129 in FedExCup standings and No. 141 on the official money list. As a result, Slocum will try to regain his card through the Tour Finals.

The fourth-place finish for Slocum was his first top 10 on TOUR since winning the 2010 McGladrey Classic, a span of 90 events. Slocum had at least two top 10s each season on TOUR from 2002-2010.

Slocum lost his TOUR card in 2013 after finishing No. 142 on the 2012 PGA TOUR Money List (Finishing in the top 125 on the FedExCup standings became a category in 2013). He regained status for the 2013-14 PGA TOUR Season by finishing No. 19 on the Tour Priority List.

In 2012, Slocum (No. 124) was the only player to move into the top 125 in the final FedExCup standings at the Wyndham Championship. Slocum was 128th in the FedExCup standings entering the week. Johnattan Vegas dropped out of the top 125 after missing the cut. In the final round at the 2012 Wyndham Championship, Slocum was on the No. 14 tee and projected at No. 120 in the FedExCup standings. He double-bogeyed No. 14 and dropped to No. 123 in the projections, made par on No. 15 and then bogeyed No. 16 and remained at No. 123 in the projections. He bogeyed No. 18 after missing a 5-foot-7-inch par putt, which dropped him to No. 124.

In 2009, Slocum missed the cut at the Wyndham Championship and finished No. 124 in the FedExCup standings, just one point ahead of Matt Jones (No. 125) and two points from No. 126 in the standings. In his next start in the first event of the Playoffs, Slocum won The Barclays and moved to No. 3 in the FedExCup standings. He finished No. 8 in the FedExCup that season. At the 2009 Barclays, Slocum sank a 20-foot par putt on the 18th green at Liberty National to finish one stroke ahead of Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker, Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington.

Nick Watney

Third-round leader Nick Watney is now 1/7 at converting a 54-hole lead into victory. The only one which led to victory was the 2007 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, his first of five PGA TOUR titles.

With his even-par 70 in the final round of the Wyndham Championship, Watney is 4/13 at posting a sub-par, final-round score this year.

Since 2009, Watney has not missed a FedExCup Playoffs event. With his finish this week, he moves to No. 94 in FedExCup standings.

Watney’s most recent of five PGA TOUR wins came at The Barclays in 2012.

The Wyndham Championship was Watney’s 24th start of the 2013-14 season. His only previous top 10 was a T8 at the Barracuda Championship two weeks ago. At Montreux G&CC, Watney began the final round tied for second, just two points behind in the Modified Stableford scoring event. Able to collect just two points Sunday, he settled for the higher finish.

Brad Fritsch

Coming into the week ranked 163rd in the FedExCup standings, Canada’s Brad Fritsch needed no worse than a two-way, tie-for-second this week in order to make his first appearance into the FedExCup Playoffs. With a final-round, even-par 70, he finished T8 and 151st in the standings.

A two-way, tie-for-third would’ve earned Fritsch enough money to finish inside the top-125 on the money list and retain his exempt status for next season, but not compete in this year’s FedExCup Playoffs events. He finished 140th in official money.

Fritsch came into last year’s Wyndham Championship ranked just outside the top-125 at No. 128. A missed cut at Sedgefield Country Club resulted in an end to his season, ranked 129th

Miscellaneous Notes

Defending champion Patrick Reed closed with a 4-under 66, putting him at 9-under 271 and T24.

Bogey-free rounds:

R1: Camilo Villegas (63), Paul Casey (65), J.J. Henry (66), Mike Weir (66), Nick Watney (67), Tim Petrovic (67), Stuart Appleby (68)

R2:  Brad Fritsch (63), Kevin Kisner (64), Scott Piercy (64), Brian Davis (65), Brandt Snedeker (65), Jhonattan Vegas (65)

R3:  Nick Watney (65), Brad Fritsch (65), Robert Streb (67), Johnson Wagner (70)

R4: Camilo Villegas (63), Bill Haas (64), Mark Wilson (66), Brice Garnett (66).

Scoring Averages at the par-70 Sedgefield Country Club:

            Front 9  Back 9    Total     Cumulative

R1:       34.410  35.288    69.699   —

R2:       34.392  34.616    69.009   69.355

R3:       34.260  34.948    69.208   69.330

R4:       33.597  35.000    68.597   69.209

Source: PGA Tour


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