Travelers Championship Sleeper: Camilo Villegas
Where the heck has Camilo Villegas gone? The guy with flexibility that would make Gumby cringe was one of the future stars of the PGA Tour as a rookie in 2006. He won the 2008 TOUR Championship in addition to two other events in his career. Now he’s ranked 250th in the world and is struggling to retain his Tour card. He has moved up to 104th in the FedEx Cup standings thanks to his recent performances, however. It’s amazing how things can change so drastically over the course of a few short years.
It seems as if Villegas has started to find some of the form that caused such enormous expectations to be heaped upon his shoulders. He’s made the cut in eight of 14 tournaments this year and even has two top 10’s and two more top 25 finishes. After struggling mightily at the beginning of the year, Villegas is coming off of a top 10 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. He’s made the cut in the last four events that he has entered, which is definitely a good sign.
The fact that he has strung together a handful of weekend appearances leads me to believe that he may just be regaining some of his confidence, as well. He is clearly an incredibly talented golfer. You don’t win three events on the PGA Tour by luck. Unfortunately for some, however, when things start to go bad they just snowball until they’re just about out of control.
He also needs to put in some work on the tees and greens. He’s currently ranked 113th in total driving and 122nd in strokes gained – putting. The crazy thing is that, at the same time, Villegas is 41st in greens in regulation and 36th in scoring average.
It’s just a matter of time until he gets things turned around and I anticipate him to continue moving in the right direction this week.