Vegas hopes hes a hometown favorite in Miami


DORAL, Fla. – What a whirlwind week for PGA Tour rookie Jhonny Vegas.

He was paired with Jack Nicklaus at the prestigious Seminole Pro-Member tournament Monday in South Florida. This week, thanks in part to winning the Bob Hope Classic in January, he’s playing in his first World Golf Championship, the Cadillac Championship. He learned Tuesday he’ll be in a featured youth pairing with Rickie Fowler and Ryo Ishikawa.

Vegas is hoping he’ll have a lot of South American support. He was paying attention when Camilo Villegas attracted a huge Colombian following when he made a run on the Doral leaderboard a few years ago. Vegas is eager to see how many Venezuelans living in Miami will come out to cheer him.

“I hope we get 10 times more than Camilo,” Vegas cracked good naturedly.

Vegas, 26, goes off with Fowler, 22, and Ishikawa, 19, at 12:33 p.m. on Thursday off the first tee.

“I’m going to feel old for a change,” Vegas said.

Vegas said he picked Nicklaus’ brain about Augusta National when they played Monday. Vegas will play the Masters as his first major next month.

“One of the things that he said was just keep it around the middle of the green, you're going to have a good chance making birdies from there,” Vegas said.