Camilo Villegas: A Latin American candidate to take the Masters

Camilo VillegasAugusta, Georgia  - Camilo Villegas gets to the Masters in Augusta as the new star of Latin American golf, but the Colombian knows that good players are defined by their performances in Majors.

"I still have a long way to go to get where (the Argentine Angel) Cabrera is," Villegas told German Press Agency dpa. "He sleeps with a US Open trophy by his bed, and I do not know whether I can win a major some day."

Villegas gets to the Masters that starts Thursday at the Augusta National Golf Club ranked as the 10th player in the world. He is set to share his first two rounds with Phil Mickelson, one of the favourites to win the tournament.

The 27-year-old failed to make the cut in his previous two participations at the Masters, but he is confident that he can build on that.

"The truth is I did not play well in those two tournaments, but they were very useful in terms of experience. I am playing well and I think I should not change the way I play this week."

As for the season as a whole, the Colombian has a very clear objective: to keep improving.

"It is very simple. After I started out in 2007 I told myself, '2008 has to be better than the previous year.' And it was. Now, I think that in 2009 I should improve what I did in 2008, although that is not easy."

"I started the season with three top 10s and i think I am ready to win again anytime." (dpa)