Camilo Villegas left his clubs at home in Florida after pulling out of the Canadian Open last month, bound for his home country of Chile for what he dubbed “a little recharge.”
His batteries looks as sharp as they have in five years as he fired a 7-under 63 to take the early lead at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Villegas was 3-under after just four holes thanks to an eagle 3 on No. 5. He did not record a bogey throughout the round.
That gives him a one-stroke lead on William McGirt and Webb Simpson, who both fired 6-under 64s. Simpson, a former champion here, birdied the first four holes in a row, and had the lead until a bogey on No. 17.
McGirt had two bogeys in his first three holes, then fired a 5-under 30 on the back nine.
Seventy-two players in all out of the 156-man field are at least one stroke under par after one day.
Among the more interesting names on that list is American John Daly, who shot a 1-under 69 to sit tie for 49th, 6 strokes off the lead.
Defending champion Brandt Snedker fired a 2-under to tie for 36th.