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Camilo Villegas insists he will not be getting carried away despite a hugely promising first round of 66 today.

Camilo Villegas insists he will not be getting carried away despite a hugely promising first round 4-under 66 at the Open Championship today (Thursday).

The Colombian produced an inspired back nine at Turnberry to move from level-par at the halfway stage to four-under by the time he left the 18th green.

However, he claimed he would learn from his experience at Birkdale last year when he put himself in contention with a memorable second round of 65 only to fall away over the weekend.

With Thursday’s near perfect conditions unlikely to be repeated for the rest of the week, the South American knows patience will be a key virtue.

“I’m excited. (But) I’ve learned you’ve got to be patient,” he stated.

“You’ve got to realise you don’t have to play pretty golf, you’ve got to hang in there and, if you’re able to do that and play smart, by the end of the Sunday you’re probably going to have a good chance.

“Majors are the ones where you make history. Those are the ones where we really want to step up our games.

“Last year was a good one for me and having a great first and second round at my first Open.

“You’ve got to play smart. The second you start getting greedy and prepared to take on those bunkers, the balls seem to fall into them. It’s going to be a very long day.

“First things first, don’t hit it into the bunkers off the tee and you have the chance to make a good score.”

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