Camillo Villegas is in tears for dead daughter

Camillo Villegas had tears of joy and sorrow as he gazed into the sky after his victory at the Butterfield Bermuda Championship

by Andrea Gussoni
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Camillo Villegas is in tears for dead daughter
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Camillo Villegas had tears of joy and sorrow as he gazed into the sky after his victory at the Butterfield Bermuda Championship. This win came nine years after his last victory on the PGA Tour and was dedicated to his daughter, Mia, who lost her battle with brain cancer in July 2020 when she was only 22 months old.

Villegas finished the tournament with a total of 260 (67 63 65 65, -24) strokes, surpassing Swedish player Alex Noren, who finished second with 262 (-22), and German Matti Schmid, who finished third with 263 (-21).

Camillo Villegas, statements

In his post-game interviews, Villegas struggled to express his emotions, saying that life had given him both fantastic experiences and harsh lessons.

He paid tribute to his daughter, stating that she was watching from above after a long battle.

Affectionately nicknamed "Spiderman," the 41-year-old Colombian's win at Southampton Parish was his fourth on the PGA Tour. It came after his second-place finish in Mexico the previous week.

Villegas walked away with a prize of $1,170,000 from the championship's overall pot of $6,500,000.

Through his hard-fought victory, Villegas has shown that resilience and determination can lead us to great achievements, even in the face of the greatest hardships.

For Per Villegas and his wife Maria, establishing a foundation in honour of Mia marks a new beginning.

Their aim is to bring smiles and positivity to families and children facing difficult circumstances. The birth of their son Mateo last December has provided renewed confidence and serenity. The couple approaches this endeavour with a steadfast determination to make a difference.

Bermuda is an island under British rule in the north Atlantic Ocean, renowned for pink sand beaches such as Elbow Beach and Horseshoe Bay. The impressive Royal Naval Dockyard combines modern attractions such as the Dolphin Quest with naval history that can be explored at the National Museum of Bermuda.

The island is characterized by the typical mix between English and American culture, which can also be observed in the capital Hamilton.

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