Villegas at full throttle in Texas Open

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Camilo Villegas chipped in twice to highlight a nine-birdie round that earned him an 8-under 64 and the first-round lead at the Texas Open on Thursday.

Sung Kang, a 33-year-old South Korean, is two shots back with Cameron Tringale after each had a 66 at TPC San Antonio's Oaks Course.

Jordan Spieth, whose struggles the past three years appear to be subsiding after four top-10 finishes the past two months, is three back (67) with Seung-Yul Noh and Hideki Matsuyama.

Phil Mickelson dropped to 15 shots back when he had a 10 on the 18th hole - he took two penalty shots and another three strokes trying to get away from a greenside stream - and ended with a 79.

Villegas won the Tour Championship in 2008 and the Wyndham Championship in 2014, but has endured injury and then the death of his 22-month-old daughter last year. His two top-10 finishes this year include a tie for eighth at the Honda Classic.

"Sometimes it goes your way, and sometimes it doesn't," Villegas said. "The last few years I've been up and down with many things. We keep showing up and the results start showing up."

He bogeyed his opening hole Thursday and birdied six of seven holes in the middle of his round.

That streak included putts of 23 and 20 feet and a chip-in from the fringe at his 13th hole. He finished up when he holed out from about 45 yards away to the side of the green.

"Some days the hole is a little bit big," Villegas said. "On (the last hole), I got really lucky. I hit a chip that was probably going off the green, and it hits the pin and goes in."

Kang, the 2019 Byron Nelson champ, got his round rolling with an eagle on his 11th hole. He hit the green in two on the par 5 from 292 yards and made a 30-foot eagle.

"I played great today, but I didn't start off very good," Kang said. "I struggled a little bit with a new driver from the start, but I found a way to hit it on the back nine so started driving a lot better."

Kang birdied three of his last four, including his finishing hole with a 22-foot birdie.

Cameron Davis is tied 22nd and the highest-placed Australian after shooting a one-under 71 that left him seven behind Villegas.