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June 23 2012

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Villegas finally finding his rhythm

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Camilo Villegas finished off a 64 Saturday morning to enter the third round one shot off the lead.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

CROMWELL, Conn. -- Camilo Villegas would go to bed asking himself what happened to the player that won three times in his first five years.

“It’s just a crazy game,” Villegas said. “I know it’s not lack of effort. I work hard enough, sometimes maybe a little bit too hard. You feel a little anxiety, and you just want it so bad that you just can’t let go.”

This week, Villegas has been able to let go and the results have followed: He entered the third round one shot back after finishing off a 64 early Saturday morning.

“I am hitting the ball a lot better, and made a lot of progress the last month and a half,” Villegas said. “Finally about a week and a half ago, I said, okay, no more technical thoughts. Let's just have fun in this game and play golf like I was a kid again.”

That’s been a lot easier said than done since Villegas’ last victory two years ago.

Villegas missed 10 cuts last year and in 14 starts this season has missed the cut in just under half of them (he also withdrew from the RBC Heritage).

Through two rounds at the Travelers Championship, however, Villegas is in the top 10 in the field in fairways and greens. He also had just 24 putts in the second round.

“It's been a tough year,” Villegas said. “It’s nice to be able to control the ball and play some good golf.”

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