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Camilo Villegas is the surprising first round leader of the Honda Classic at the PGA National Champion Course,Palm Beach Gardens, with a round of -6 under par 64. It is four years now since his back-to-back wins in the FedEx Cup Playoffs events, when he rose to as high as No. 7 in the world. The 31-year-old Colombian then plunged into a slump that was so bad that over the last 18 months he lost his card last year. Camilo won The Honda Classic in 2010 at PGA National, so he at least has that to build on. But despite the good start, he wasn’t afraid to risk ruining the day on the last hole. Even his caddie asked what he was thinking of when he was addressing a shot on the last hole;
“My caddie said, where are you going to go with this one,. And I said, I’m looking straight at that flag. And I hit a great shot.”
Tiger Woods saved his round with a shot from out of the water on the par 4, sixth hole, taking his shoes off to enter the hazard, he finished the day at even par;
“I was 1 over at the time, and if that ball is not playable from where it’s at, where I crossed was pretty far back, looking at six, three over and all of a sudden I flip it, make par there and birdie the next.”
Charles Howell 111, Chucky three-sticks, opened with a -3 under par, 67. He has just until the end of the month to go from No. 64 to the top 50 in the World Ranking to qualify for the Masters in his hometown of Augusta.
Branden Grace, Rickie Fowler, Graham DeLaet and Robert Streb, are all tied in second place at -5 under par for the opening round of this tournament.