The year obviously got off to a bad start for Camilo Villegas. Victim of a phone-in disqualification at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the mishap cost Villegas momentum to start the year.
He made an equipment change from Cobra Golf to TaylorMade, which may have required more of a transition than the Colombian thought.
But now it seems like Villegas has found his game and his stride through two rounds of the Heritage. He is through two rounds at 8-under, just a couple of shots back of Luke Donald heading into the weekend.
Of course, the natural question for Villegas was, 'What took so long?'
“If I knew that, it would probably have been a better start of the year,” Villegas joked after his round.
“It’s the game of golf. It’s no different than running a business. You have to make decisions out there. All the decisions you make is for the purpose of improving and getting better, and sometimes it doesn’t go that way.”
Villegas says an intensified off-season regimen may not have paid off.
“I actually practiced in the off-season more than I probably have in my last five, six seasons on Tour, and just hoping to get to a great start of the year. And funny enough, the game of golf comes and bites you and it just wasn’t that way.”
This was a last-minute start for Villegas, deciding to tee it up after learning a title sponsor had not yet been secured for next year and beyond.
“I was supposed to go to Colombia and do some things there. I talked with the Tour and they told us if they found a sponsor next year, the tournament will be after Augusta. I’d much rather have it that way, go play Augusta, drive down, nice easy drive and make a nice relaxed week.”