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Stalking the Tiger

Camilo Villegas's Early Success on the 2006 PGA Tour is Raising the Inevitable Question—Can He Challenge the World's No. 1 Golfer?
Jeff Williams
From the Print Edition:
Camilo Villegas, July/August 2006

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"Everybody kept asking me, Are you going to get into [The Players], are you going to get into the Masters, are you going to get into the U.S. Open?" says Villegas. "I don't care. I do care, but I don't want to know it. I do want to play in the U.S. Open and I do want to play in the Masters. But I can't control numbers out there, I can't control what other guys are doing. I can only control myself."

That there are some things he can't control is all right. The spontaneous eruptions of the huge galleries that followed him at Doral, the women, young and old, who press against the ropes and call his name, the men in hotel lobbies who ask how he's going to do this week. They are all attracted to the aura he has generated through his game, through his persona. This is all good, he knows, as long as he keeps one thought in mind.

"It's all about playing good golf," says Villegas, the "it" man of the moment.

Jeff Williams is a Cigar Aficionado contributing editor.

Photos by Pam Francis

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