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After difficult night, Villegas toughs out a solid day
The 69 Camilo Villegas posted Friday was even more impressive considering he was up most of the night with a bout of food poisoning. The charismatic Colombian is looking forward to a good night's sleep and chasing Tiger Woods on Saturday.
By T.J. Auclair, PGA.com Interactive Producer
TULSA, Okla. -- Colombia's Camilo Villegas might not be the best player never to have won a major just yet, but a strong argument could be made that he's the flashiest.
The 25-year-old, decked out in his patent form-fitting get-up, turned in a solid 1-over-par 71 in the second round of the 89th PGA Championship on Friday, another sizzler at Southern Hills. That, along with his 1-under 69 on Thursday, has Villegas at even-par 140 for the tournament, six shots behind defending champion Tiger Woods.
Villegas was particularly pleased with his effort considering the fact that he was ill on Thursday night.
"It is a tough course. I've been very patient," Villegas said. "I've hit the ball great. I've rolled a lot of good putts just barely short on line, but survived the day after not having a very good night yesterday, probably spent half the time in the bed and half the time in the bathroom. It was a rough one. I didn't really eat all day. I have to go in there and try to get some energy in me and hopefully be feeling better for tomorrow."
Villegas has two birdies on the day, back-to-back starting on No. 5. From there he made three bogeys, including on the final hole, which he thought was a pretty darn good one at the 465-yard par 4.
"You know as golfers, we're always thinking about that second shot. But you know what, what a great fourth shot I hit," he said. "The fourth shot, the chip was very nice and left myself a very easy putt for bogey and just can't wait to go home and lay in bed and relax and get some energy for tomorrow."
Toward the end of his round, Villegas could hear roars around the course. He assumed those roars were for Woods, and he had that assumption confirmed shortly after he finished.
"I can't be thinking of him. I've got to play the golf course, like I said, it's very easy out here to get distracted and change your strategy for the day," he said. "There's plenty of options out there, but I believe there's only one smart play. A lot of the holes, you've just got to lay back and try to find the short grass and just stick to your plan. So we'll see what happens."
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Villegas' best finish in five previous major championship starts was a tie for 26th at the U.S. Open in June.
Though this is only his sixth major, Villegas seems to have a good idea about what he'll need to do to perform well over the weekend.
"The set-up is just tough," he said. "You've got to be patient. You've got to play smart off tees. You have to understand that there are going to be some good bogeys out there and just keep going. The greens are bumpy out there, so you've got to be patient with that, too. If you hit a good putt, it goes in, great. If it doesn't, well, just get ready for the next hole."