Monday, March 06, 2006

A Star is Born

Tiger Woods won this weekend's golf tournament, but a new star rose and finished in second place: Camilo Villegas, a young Colombian who was an All-American at the University of Florida and earned his tour card by playing well on the Nationwide Tour. Villegas, like Woods, is built like a boxer, can hit it a mile, strikes his irons crisply and has a terrific short game. Unfortunately for Villegas, he can't putt like Tiger. Even with his unique green-reading position......his stroke lacks the confidence that may come with a few more starts on the big tour. The galleries were huge for him in Miami, and it will be interesting to see how his appeal translates to areas not as dominated by Latins as south Florida, but he seems to have the charisma to step up to stardom.

With his length and shot-making skills, look for him to make an impact at The Masters.

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