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Interview: Jhonattan Vegas

Following an opening-round 65, Jhonattan Vegas reflects on his play in the 2012 Open with Dennis Paulson from SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

When Jhonattan Vegas won in his first year on the PGA TOUR — in just his second start, no less — he thought he would win every year.

”It doesn’t work that way,” Vegas said Thursday. “To be honest, it’s been kind of a mediocre year. I feel like I haven’t been 100 percent with any part of my game. Putting has been bad. Ball-striking hasn’t been good. When you combine that, you won’t get that many good results.”

In 23 starts, Vegas has missed the cut almost as many times (11) as he made it (12). He also had just two top 10s and missed the FedExCup Playoffs, finishing 126th in points.

Fast forward to his opening round at CordeValle, however, and Vegas has a chance to make up for lost time after a 65 on Thursday.

This is just Vegas’ second start since missing the Playoffs. The nearly two months off gave Vegas time to recover from a shoulder injury, which he has battled since college.

“It’s feeling better,” he said. “Not quite as good as I’d like it, but [time off] definitely helped.

“I think I pushed it a little too hard at the beginning of the year. For some reason I haven’t really been able to heal it completely. The good thing is that I am able to play; I just feel that my golf swing is not the same. I can’t turn to the ball as good as I used to.”

He did well enough at CordeValle, however, with seven birdies and just one bogey.

Thursday’s opening round was a good sign, too. This is the second straight week Vegas has started fast — he shot a pair of 68s in the first two rounds in Las Vegas before ultimately finishing in a tie for 46th.

”I’m in my second year here and trying to play 35 weeks a year,” Vegas said. “That’s a lot of golf. I haven’t really rested [my shoulder] enough to let it heal. I feel like I’m getting better, but it’s not 100 percent. I’m going to work on that in the off-season.”

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