160.0159/1 pick, Villegas, lands the spoils in Bermuda
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Homa goes wire-to-wire
Pre-event 50.049/1 chance, Thorbjorn Olesen, momentarily drew level with the well-backed 10/111.00 second favourite, Max Homa, on the back-nine in round four of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, and the Dane was matched at a low of 2.26/5, but he never really looked like overhauling the impressive American.
Homa caught a big break off the 14th tee, but he made the most of his luck, securing a safe par five there before making back-to-back birdies at 15 and 16 to put the event to bed.
Trading at around 7/24.50, Homa had been tied for the lead with Vincent Norrman, Nicolai Hojgaard and Dan Bradbury after round one and he was in front alongside Matthieu Pavon on ten-under-par at the hallway stage - trading at 2/13.00.
Homa led on his own with a round to go, one ahead of Pavon, and two clear of Olesen and Nicolai Hojgaard, but with 54-hole leaders not having a great record since the field sizes were increased, he went into round four trading at 11/102.11.
In eight previous renewals since the fields had been expanded, Marc Leishman, in 2015, had been the only third round leader to go on to win, the previous five winners had trailed by six, three, three, six and three strokes with a round to go, and nobody had won wire-to-wire, so Homa's victory was extremely impressive.
Add in the fact that debutants don't have a great record and the victory becomes even more noteworthy.
Justin Thomas, who finished nicely to grab fourth place, hinted that he'd like to return in 12 months' time to keep the defending champ company, should Homa make the trip, but he'll do well to finish in front of his pal.
The Gary Player Country Club takes some getting to know yet the world number eight took to the place like a duck to water so Homa may well be worth siding with next year given how well defending champions fare.
Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Lee Westwood, and Tommy Fleetwood have all won the title back-to-back this century.
Homa revealed at the end of round three that he'd been feeling a bit homesick so he's by no means certain to return next year but it would be a shame if he didn't.
It wasn't the most exciting tournament I've ever watched but Homa put on an absolute clinic and he's year another high-class champion.
We're yet to witness a triple-figure priced winner of the Nedbank and five of the last six winners have gone off at less than 25/126.00. And the odd man out, Lee Westwood, who went off at 55.054/1, was winning the event for the third time so wasn't impossible to fancy.
The cream rises to the top in the Nedbank and the first four home this year were all Ryder Cuppers.
Villegas wins in Bermuda
Over on the PGA Tour, my Find Me a 100 Winner picks, Camilo Villegas, and Stewart Cink, went into the final round of the Bermuda Championship with a chance to land the spoils.
Cink, who was backed at 150.0149/1, was matched at a low of 8.615/2 on Friday and he started nicely yesterday, birdying two of the first three holes but the putter misbehaved after that and as they day progressed, the third round leader, Alex Noren, who had been a well-backed 27.026/1 chance before the off, and my man, Villegas, who was backed at a whopping 160.0159/1, were left to fight out the finish.
Villegas caught Noren with a birdie at the third and he was in front on his own after two more followed at four and five.
The pair were tied at the top after Noren birdied six and but the momentum really shifted around the turn as the Swede, who was matched at a low of 1.84/5, made back-to-back bogeys at nine and ten.
Noren got back to within a stroke with a birdie at 12 but victory for Villegas looked assured after this brilliant approach on 15.
We've only had five renewals but the Bermuda is starting to be a really good event for veterans and outsiders.
Villegas was the third triple-figure priced winner and going into the fourth round yesterday, three of the top-five were in the 40s and Cink was in his 50s!
The course is short and wind-affected, and it really does give the older pros a chance to pick up a title.
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