Camilo Villegas leads with an advantage at the Valero Texas Open

The Colombian golfer finished the round with 64 strokes, 8 under par, and two ahead of his immediate pursuers. Good debut for Rafa Cabrera Bello with 70 strokes.

The veteran Colombian golfer Camilo Villegas shone in a special way this Thursday by getting nine birdies with a bogey in the first round of the Valero Texas Open tournament, of the PGA Tour, which allowed him to deliver a 64-stroke card (-8) and be the outstanding leader , two ahead.

South Korean Sung Kang, 33, and American Cameron Tringale, shared second place with a record of 66 (-6) at the conclusion of their round at TPC San Antonio's Oaks Course.

American Jordan Spieth, who is beginning to regain his best game in three years after four top-10 finishes in the past two months, is three strokes behind (67) along with South Korea's Seung-Yul Noh and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama.

But Villegas was the great protagonist of the day by claiming his best game.

The Colombian golfer, winner of the Tour Championship in 2008 and the Wyndham Championship in 2014, begins to regain his best form after suffering an injury and the loss of his 22-month-old daughter last year.His two top-10 finishes this year include a tie for eighth in the Honda Classic.

"Sometimes it goes your way and sometimes it doesn't," declared Villegas. "In recent years I have had ups and downs with many things. We continue in the fight and the results are beginning to appear."

Villegas bogey his first hole Thursday and birdie six of seven holes in the middle of his round.

That streak included 25-foot putts and a chip-in from the edge on his 13th hole. It ended when he hit 45 yards off the side of the green.

"Some days the hole is a bit big," Villegas said. "On the last hole, I was very lucky. I hit a ball that was probably coming off the green, and it hits the pin and goes in."

Along with Villegas, his compatriot Sebastián Muñoz also stood out by getting a signed card of 68 strokes (-4) after making seven birdies, including the last hole, with three bogeys.

The Spaniard Rafael Cabrera also made a good run, registering 70 strokes (-2) that allowed him to share the thirteenth place with eight other players.

While the Mexican Abraham Ancer and the Puerto Rican Rafael Campos shared the 38th position with 17 other golfers who delivered signed cards of 72 (pair) .

It was worse for the Venezuelan veteran Jhonattan Vegas who finished the course with 74 strokes (+2) to go down to 80th place in the provisional ranking and share it with 14 players.The pre-Augusta Masters tournament awards $ 7.7 million in prizes and 500 FedEx Cup points.

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