Villegas takes lead with 63 at Wyndham Championship

Thu Aug 14, 2014 7:50pm EDT
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By Andrew Both

GREENSBORO North Carolina (Reuters) - Camilo Villegas, refreshed after a quick trip back to his native Colombia, carded seven-under-par 63 to earn the lead after the first round at the Wyndham Championship on Thursday.

Villegas compiled an eagle and five birdies for a one-stroke edge over Americans Webb Simpson and William McGirt in delightful conditions on a mild summer's day at Sedgefield.

"It was nice to go without any bogeys and I think it probably showed it was a consistent round," Villegas told reporters.

"I kept it on the fairways, on the greens and just made the putts when I hit it close. My birdie putts weren't even that long. I just hit the ball nicely."

Villegas, 32, a three-time PGA Tour winner, was heavily promoted by the PGA Tour as the next big thing when he burst on tour in 2006.

But his career stalled as he battled minor injuries and loss of form and he fell to 148th on the rankings in 2012.

"Do I feel like I have played to my potential the last two-and-a-half years? No," he said. "But it's not everything about golf. You've got to be a little bit easy on yourself and just enjoy life. The game has been good to me. I have no complaints.

"Did I see (a 63) coming? Not really, but I felt good on the range this morning and just kept it going."   Continued...