Camilo Villegas turns into birdie machine, Matt Kuchar hearts Mexico among World Wide Technology Championship second-round takeaways

Camilo Villegas Shoots Career-Low 36-Hole Score at World Wide Technology Championship

LOS CABOS, Mexico — At 41, Camilo Villegas says his memory isn’t what it used to be. “Don’t ask me my birdies because I don’t remember them,” he joked after the round with a member of the media.

In a remarkable performance, Villegas shot his second straight 64 on Friday at El Cardonal at Diamante, a course designed by Tiger Woods and the host of the PGA Tour’s World Wide Technology Championship. Competing on a sponsor exemption, Villegas began his second round on Friday with an eagle-birdie-birdie start and finished with three birdies to boot. This incredible round helped him set his career-low 36-hole score on the Tour with a total of 128.

Far surpassing his previous best start to a tour event, Villegas is now in the lead after the second round. Asked to recall the last time he had such a hot start, Villegas remembered a Hooters Tour event in Orlando in 2004 that he won by 10 strokes, shooting a 61 and 62 in the first two days. Despite this success, Villegas hasn’t claimed victory in over nine years, making his current position in the hunt for another title even more exciting.

Kuchar’s Success in Mexico

Matt Kuchar, a former champ at El Camaleon in 2018, has continued to find success in Mexico. Kuchar birdied two of his last three holes on Friday to post a second straight round of 7-under 65. Surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Mexico, Kuchar attributes his success to “Mexican water” and his good form. Currently ranked in the top 10 players in the field, Kuchar is hopeful for a positive outcome in the tournament.

Bogey-Free Rounds for Hickok

Kramer Hickok has impressed with two bogey-free rounds at the World Wide Technology Championship. Spending extra time getting to know the course and working with a new coach have contributed to his success. Hickok changed his setup and increased his spine tilt, allowing him to hit the ball higher and gain more control over his game. With this newfound confidence, Hickok is a strong contender for the championship.

Aberg’s Rapid Rise

Ludvig Aberg, a rising star in the golf world, continues to make waves with his impressive performances. At just 24 years old, Aberg has finished in the top-15 in his last six starts worldwide, including a win on the DP World Tour. Currently considered the betting favorite to win the World Wide Technology Championship, Aberg shot a bogey-free 65 in his second round, marking his 11th consecutive round in the 60s. Despite his rapid rise, Aberg remains humble and focused on his game.

First Cut Made for Kang

Jeffrey Kang, in his fifth career Tour start, has made his first cut on the PGA Tour. Kang shot 68 in his second round, improving his overall score to 11-under 133. This accomplishment is a significant milestone for Kang, who turned pro in 2014. With four birdies and an eagle in his qualifying round, Kang started his second round with three consecutive birdies, setting himself up for a strong performance in the championship.


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