By petedirenzo
Friday, January 21, 2011

Vegas, Baby! Vegas Tied for the lead with Boo Weekley heading into Friday's third round, rookie Jhonattan Vegas is starting to make a name for himself in his fifth career start on the PGA Tour. If Vegas goes on to win this week, it would cap an already amazing journey to the PGA Tour.
According to his bio in the PGA Tour Media Guide, Vegas grew up in Venezuela learning the game from his father by using a broom and rocks. Sound too crazy to be true? Vegas confirmed the story after his round Thursday.
"I hit plastic balls, rocks, whatever I could find around and started hitting everything around the house, breaking windows and all kinds of stuff," Vegas said.
Even more amazing is Vegas said he would love to change the mind of Venezuela's president, Hugo Chavez, who has called golf a "bourgeois sport" and closed several courses in Venezuela.
"I really hope to sit down with him, and talk to him, and tell him that it's not that way," Vegas said. Charles Howell III Part 2?In the age of young sensations Matteo Manassero, Ryo Ishikawa, Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy, it's easy to forget the prime of a player's career used to be in his 30's. Using the old logic, there is still plenty of time for Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia and Charles Howell III to live up to their potential.
Howell, who is one shot off the lead after rounds of 66-66, feels he's ready to start the next chapter in his career.
"The fact that I still feel, and others feel, I've under achieved ... that's good," Howell said. "I sure as hell hope I have. Because that means I've got better days ahead." Duval Watch ContinuesThe "David Duval is almost back" story has been written several times, but after securing his PGA Tour card last season, Duval is at least playing his way back. Over the past few seasons, Duval has relied on on past champion's status, sponsor's exemptions and medical exemptions as he's battled injuries, personal matters and a desire to play golf at the highest level.
Sitting only four strokes off the lead, and at a tournament where he once shot a 59 to win, the former British Open champion is eyeing another solid finish on his journey back to the top.
(Photo: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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