Villegas pulling away in smoky conditions

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Impressive with a front-side 31 in the third round of the Honda Classic, Camilo Villegas isn’t the only one on fire.

So, too, is Jonathan Dickinson.

Actually, that would be Jonathan Dickinson State Park, located between Hobe Sound and Tequesta 15 miles east of PGA National, where action continues in the Honda Classic. It’s doing so despite thick, smokey air coming from a “controlled” fire.

At least, we’ve been told it’s controlled, though you can hardly blame folks here for questioning the wisdom of having such a fire today. After all, winds out of the northeast are substantial, roughly 15-20 mph.

As Villegas and Anthony Kim set out as co-leaders from the first tee, the smoke was just starting to filter in. By the time they left the par-4 sixth green, Villegas was 11-under, Kim had sunk to 7-under and the vibrant blue sky had turned an ashen gray.

A “red flag warning” has been posted, advising that a very dry Canadian air mass could contribute to critical fire conditions. That means fires are either occurring now or will be shortly.

To which we can respond, “we’ve noticed.”

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