Villegas has always been an extremely hard worker. He barely spoke English before he signed up to play college golf for Florida. He became fluent while also becoming the only freshman to garner All-America honors in 2001. He also added 20 pounds of chiseled muscle mass to his slight 5'9 frame, making him one of the fittest players at any level in the sport. With a work ethic like this, how could anyone find reason to improve?
You see, Villegas is never satisfied which is his greatest asset and toughest obstacle. At least it was until now. According to his sports psychologist, Dr. Gio Valiante, Villegas has a new approach for 2010. He's employing an 'attitude of gratitude' and it's making all the difference in the world.
His final statement in his Honda Classic winner's interview is a shining example: 'We keep growing as a player and a person. Understanding the game, understanding life, understanding what we do. It's got great things, it's got bad things. You've just got to enjoy the good ones, put aside the bad ones, try to avoid distractions and stay committed.'
In the offseason, Valiante and Villegas concentrated on finding ways to help the 28-year-old avoid those debilitating, angry moments. They went as far as implementing on-course triggers like an oversized ball marker. Everytime Villegas puts it down, he's reminded to maintain his composure. The proof is in the pudding with a third, a tie for eighth and a victory in his first three PGA Tour starts of the season. It's a scary concept for the rest of the Tour when this player finds a way for his mind to be as fit as his body.