Villegas' rise points to the start of a new order, after Tiger, in professional golf
Harig On Flubbed Finale
It was a dream ending at the Tour Championship on Sunday with Camilo Villegas edging Sergio Garcia in a playoff. Oh, except for the virtually meaningless finish to the FedEx Cup playoffs. Bob Harig
When Villegas returned to Florida, he bought an exotic road bicycle. Three days later he called the bicycle shop, looking for people to ride with. Next thing he knew, he was geared up and part of a cycling club that meets four days a week for rides of between 35 and 60 miles through Jupiter Island and along the Florida coast, at speeds of 30 miles per hour or more. "It's not easy," Villegas said, "but it's so peaceful and pretty sweet."Something else that's pretty sweet is winning, which Villegas has now done two starts in a row after his victory at East Lake as well as at the BMW Championship.
Final FedEx Cup Standings
Vijay Singh clinched the second FedEx Cup on Sunday at East Lake Golf Club and collected $10 million for winning the PGA Tour's playoffs.
|1.||Vijay Singh||125,101||$10 million|
|2.||Camilo Villegas||124,550||$3 million|
|3.||Sergio Garcia||119,400||$2 million|
|4.||Anthony Kim||114,419||$1.5 million|
|5.||Jim Furyk||113,180||$1 million|
|• Complete final standings|
"It's awesome," he said. "Again, I've worked so hard. Thanks to the team that's behind me. I can't do it as an individual. There are a lot of people behind me. They've believed in me. They've supported me, and they've motivated me to just put in all those hours, to work hard."One of those team members is Dr. Gio Valiante, the sports psychologist who also Singh. Valiante was on the practice green at East Lake on Sunday night, surveying the scene as Villegas and Singh held their trophies and posed for photos with executives from Stanford Financial, one of their sponsors. It seemed fitting that arguably two of the hardest-working gym rats on the PGA Tour would hold the hardware and the cash at the end of a 38-week season, but the year was not complete.
After celebrating that night at Nan, before Villegas headed to Japan. As he said, he has to work next week. He knows Garcia and Kim won't be backing off."The center of everything we do is work ethic," Valiante said. "There was a moment at dinner when we were sitting next to each other, and I said to him, 'Let me tell you something. It's easier to get to No. 7 in the world than to stay there.' He looked at me and said, 'You've got it, bro.' "
Tim Rosaforte is a senior writer for GolfWorld and Golf Digest magazines.
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