Late eagle lifts Camilo Villegas to top of leaderboard

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — With one great shot, Camilo Villegas turned a solid round into his lowest start in more than a year.

Villegas drilled a 3-wood into 8 feet on the par-5 18th hole and made the eagle putt for 6-under-par 64.

That gave him a one-shot lead over Rickie Fowler, Branden Grace, Graham DeLaet and Robert Streb after the first round of the Honda Classic.

Defending champion Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods each shot 70 and walked off PGA National with different emotions. Woods was thrilled it wasn’t worse. McIlroy was disappointed it wasn’t better.

Villegas lost his card last year and is playing on sponsor exemptions.

Augusta native Charles Howell shot 67, an important start for him. Howell is at No. 64 in the world, and he has until the end of March to move into the top 50 and qualify for the Masters Tournament.


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