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Villegas’ eagle gives him Honda lead

Eagle lifts Villegas into lead at Honda

In Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., with one great shot, Camilo Villegas turned a solid round into his lowest start in more than a year.

Villegas of Colombia drilled a 3-wood into 8 feet on the par-5 18th hole and made the eagle putt for a 6-under 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 had a 70. Villegas lost his card last year and is playing on sponsor exemptions.

LPGA: In Singapore, Spain’s Azahara Munoz shot a 7-under 65 for a two-stroke lead after the first round of the HSBC Women’s Champions.

Five players at Sentosa Golf Club shared second at 67: Stacy Lewis, Karin Sjodin, Lizette Salas, Pornanong Phatlum and Sun Young Yoo.

EUROPEAN: In Centurion, South Africa, Darren Fichardt of South Africa birdied the longest par-5 in European Tour history to lead the inaugural Tshwane Open by one stroke after the first round. Fichardt shot a 7-under-par 65. Bjorn Akesson of Sweden was at 66, with six players at 67.

– Associated Press

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