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by Brian Hewitt

If this one had been a movie, they would have titled it Arachnophobia II, The Sequel.

While most of the rest of the leaders at the Wyndham Championship battled late-Sunday nerves, Camilo Villegas, aka “The Spiderman,” spun a web of taut brilliance. In the end, his bracketed first-and fourth-round 63s were enough to snare his first Tour win since 2010.

On the LPGA, long-hitting Brittany Lincicome agonizingly three-putted the 72nd hole that forced a playoff with Inbee Park at the Wegman’s LPGA Championship. On the first extra hole she bogeyed the same hole again. Park parred and now has won five majors.

At the U.S. Amateur a young Korean, Gunn Yang, outlasted a young Canadian, Corey Conners, 2 and 1, in Sunday’s tense, rain-delayed 35-hole final.

Meanwhile, if you really believe the recuperating Tiger Woods was so desperate to make the Ryder Cup, riddle me this: Why did he stubbornly defy medical wisdom, play the PGA Championship then abruptly turn around Wednesday and conveniently obey his doctors and remove himself from captain Tom Watson’s wild-card radar?

Sorry, but one plus one does not equal two here.

Meanwhile Kevin Sutherland missed shooting his age by nine Saturday. He had a 7-footer for par on the 18th hole that would have produced a “groundbreaking” 58. He settled for “merely historic,” the Champions Tour’s first 59. The winner Sunday: Who else? Bernhard Langer.

Finally in Denmark, with apologies to Shakespeare, the only thing rotten in the hamlet of Aalborg was the weather. Scotland’s Marc Warren survived blustery, wet conditions for his first Euro Tour victory since 2007.

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