By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
SAN MARTIN, Calif. – Camilo Villegas had to rely on sponsor exemptions and conditional status for PGA TOUR starts in 2013. He played well enough to regain his full TOUR card for the 2013-14 season, though, and is off to a good start in the season's first evnet.
Villegas was tied for the lead at the Frys.com Open when he completed his second-round 66 at CordeValle. Villegas finished at 8-under 134, and was tied with Robert Garrigus, Jim Herman and Brooks Koepka, who all are on the course.
Villegas made the turn in 3-under 33 Friday morning. He teed off on No. 10 and made birdies on Nos. 11-13. He made another birdie at the 16th, but bogeyed the next hole. He then made par on seven consecutive holes before adding birdies at Nos. 7 and 8.
Villegas had made the FedExCup Playoffs every season since they started in 2007 until missing last year. He had to attend PGA TOUR Q-School last December, but failed to regain his full TOUR card after finishing T-32. He made 23 starts in 2013, though, thanks to his conditional status and sponsor exemptions. He finished 82nd in the FedExCup in 2013 after two top-10 finishes (T-9, RBC Heritage; T-10, FedEx St. Jude Classic). Villegas regained his full TOUR status by finishing in the top 125 in last season’s FedExCup standings.