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September 15 2011

10:31 PM

Villegas keeps the momentum going

Watch: Villegas holes bunker shot

Camilo Villegas holed out from the bunker at the par-3 second hole in Thursday's first round at Cog Hill.

By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM

LEMONT, Ill. -- Cog Hill has treated Camilo Villegas pretty well. In his last three trips here, he's finished tied for 11th or better each time.

And the BMW Championship has treated him pretty well, too. Besides his positive results at Cog Hill, he also won the 2008 BMW Championship at Bellerive in St. Louis.

So maybe it's no surprise that he's out to a fast start this week, shooting a 3-under 68 that puts him tied for fifth, five shots behind tournament leader Justin Rose.

"I've definitely played good on this golf course," he said.

And he's definitely playing with momentum this week. With his back against the wall -- in terms of his FedExCup position -- going into the Wyndham Championship last month, Villegas has reeled off a tie for ninth at Greensboro, a tie for sixth at The Barclays and a tie for 25th at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

He still has work to do in order to advance to next week's TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. He started this week 47th in points but is projected to be 30th after Thursday's round. That would give him the last spot at East Lake.

What has he found lately in his game?

"A lot of people have asked me that same question," Villegas said. "Being honest, it's a funky game, crazy game. Who knows?

"I've had a great attitude all year through the bad times and the average times and now I've been playing a little better. I'm excited and just got to keep it going."

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