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Camilo Villegas the fans favourite in Miami
March 11, 2010

Colombian Camilo Villegas is the fans’ favourite at Doral this week but he is keen to keep his focus on the course and not on the legions of Spanish speaking supporters who follow him.

Villegas heads into Thursday’s WGC-CA Championship, featuring an elite 30-man field, in excellent shape after victory in last week’s Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens.

At that triumph he was, as always in Florida, accompanied by fans decked out in the Colombian colours of yellow, red and blue and he expects the large Hispanic community in Miami to be vocal in their support of him.

“It’s awesome to see the Colombian flags and the guys with the shirts and all that good stuff, but you’ve got to be careful because it can distract you a little bit,” he told reporters on Wednesday.

“You know they are there. You know they are supporting you. But it’s one shot at a time. You’ve got to be focused, look forward, and just focus on playing good golf.

“If you play good golf, they are going to have a good time, and it will be a win/win situation.”

Villegas, never shy to express pride in his origins, has been in particularly patriotic mood of late having been involved in bringing last week’s Nationwide Tour event to Bogota.

The Bogota Open was the first time a PGA endorsed tournament has been held in Villegas’ homeland and has been keen to get feedback on the event.

“I had a chance to talk with a lot of the American players and the guys that organised the tournament, caddies and everything, and I haven’t heard anything bad yet,” he said.

“They seemed to really enjoy it. The golf course was in good shape. The people were very friendly and they had a good time down there.

“That’s the main thing, to get people down there, to show them reality, and just like every country in the world, we have our own problems.

“But it’s a great place. I love it.”

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