Saturday, 6 September 2008
Villegas is pronounced Vee-jay-gas for those who ain't in the know. Thank god he's not welsh or who knows what it would sound like, welsh people would I guess, they'd be hacking up a good blob of phlegm on that double l. So, now that you can say his name and perhaps learned a little about the welsh languae, I can tell you what the acrobatic Colombian Camilo Villegas has been up to.
It's the third round of the play-offs this week, The BMW Championship, and the race is on to get into the all important top 30 for next week's final hurrah, the $10,000,000 showdown. Can anyone catch Vijay? Not likely, but let's hope it gets interesting. After the first round finally got under way after the weather delays, Camilo Villegas repeated his trick of last year and posted an excellent 65, with a fine display. He was 5 shots to the good after eight holes, before three bogeys and another three birdies for the rest of his round saw him in the clubhouse at 5 under with a one shot lead. He's one of the most exciting players to watch on tour these days and he lived up to that billing, making some excellent shots and holing some excellent putts, thanks to his worm's eye view he get's with his spiderman poses, see above. He is a man on form with two top four finishes recently and will be hoping to be a lot higher than 25th in the Fedex standings come the end of the week.
Kenny Perry is just one behind, the man who lead on the way into the play-offs, rediscovering the crazy mid-season form he showed at an opportune time. Steve Stricker is also there, feeling like a huge weight has been lifted from his shoulders now he's won his wild card slot. His round with five birdies, one bogey, would confirm that. Stuart Appleby and Tim Herron are there too, as well as Villegas' South American counterpart Andres Romero.
Second in the Fedex Race so far, Sergio Garcia is well in touch after round one on two under par, three shots back. He is joined on that score by Ernie Els who will be wanting to get something out of what has been a lacklustre season for him. One further back is Padraig Harrington who has not been challenging too well up to this point in the Play-offs and will need a good finish to rise from 44th into the top 30.
Vijay lurks on even par, but the way he's playing, you'd be a fool to think he'll not be much lower than that in the next few rounds.
It's an arduous 36 hole slog for the caddies today as they try to make up for the lost day. This week could be a story of who can handle playing that much golf with little rest in between. A supremely fit young Colombian perhaps?