Colombian Camilo Villegas wants to write one of the most exciting pages of the year by starting as co-leader of the PGA The RSM Classic tournament, which is played in Sea Island, Georgia.
Villegas opened with a round of 6 under par at Sea Side, one of the two rounds where the penultimate event of the year is played and shares the lead with England’s Matt Wallace, who also scored 64 (-6) on the same field. .
The 38-year-old, with four victories on the PGA TOUR, had an error-free course on a day that was very difficult due to the strong wind that blew off St. Simons Island.
“The wind was harsh, but I love this place. I’ve been coming here since 2000 and it’s one of my favorite stops, which I don’t like to miss. Having come several times already, one knows where you cannot fail and in which places the wind blows the strongest ”, was the first analysis made by the Medellín one.
Villegas knows how to overcome problems and here he found the solution for the wind that blew throughout the round. “Since I was so strong you had to keep the ball low and I have no problem playing those balls low. The greens are perfect, fast, firm and I could read them very well today ”.
Villegas started at hole 10 and found his first success there. The par-5 on the 15th hole was the start of a streak of three consecutive birdies that brought him closer to the top of the board. On hole 4 he found his fifth birdie and closed in the best way, making a three-meter putt on the 9 to close with 64 strokes.
The Colombian is looking for a title after six years without victories, the last one was in the 2014 Wyndham Championship, in a very special year for him and his wife María, since a few months ago their daughter Mia, only 22 months old, passed away. , following a brain tumor.
“It was nice this morning, when I was in the range, I saw a little rainbow that made me think of Mia and I said let’s have a good lap. She loved colors and rainbows and it was a very nice way to start the day, ”said the Colombian.
“I’ve said it many times already, I can’t change the past and I have to focus on the present. It’s not about forgetting, because you can never forget your daughter, but I think I try to be in my moment, in the now, and being with my brother Manny as a caddy helps me in the process, ”said Villegas, who with a lot of strength returned to playing on the PGA TOUR when the 2020/2021 season began.
This season he participated in five events, with a top-25 in the Sanderson Farms Championship as the best result.
“I don’t want to get ahead of myself, that was one of my goals for the day. You can’t think of winning an event on a Thursday, that’s obviously the goal, but that’s not how my mind works now. Tomorrow I will go out to try to play well again and likewise on Saturday and see what happens ”, completed Villegas who is ranked 866th in the World Ranking, after having been 7th at the end of 2008.
Another Latin American who had a good first step in the RSM Classic was Argentine Emiliano Grillo, who presented a 4-under-par 66 card, also in the Sea Side field and is tied for 11th place.
The other four Latinos playing here scored rounds over par: Joaquín Niemann (+1), Jhonatan Vegas (+3), Sebastián Muñoz (+6) and Fabián Gómez (+6).