Washington's Williams recovering from mono

Washington's Chris Williams

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DORAL, Fla. – It’s not likely team golf will ever get old for Chris Williams. The Copa de las Americas is a bonus in that way, and also because the Idaho native likely wouldn’t have been able to touch a club this week had it not been for an invitation to Doral.

“It’s fun to play for yourself, it’s fun to play for a college team but it’s also really fun to play for your country,” Williams said of this week. “Luckily I’ve done it a few more times now where I’m a little more used to it, but it’s just a lot of hype, a lot of pressure. Just a bigger stage.”

One of the more shocking revelations Thursday was that Williams, the top-ranked player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, had never before played golf in Florida.

“You’d think (I would have), traveling everywhere that I do, but this is the first time,” the University of Washington senior said. “Obviously this is totally different grass than in Seattle.”

Here’s another surprise: Williams has been battling mononucleosis since the World Amateur Team Championship in Turkey in October, which didn’t make that week any easier. As Williams said, it was already “a long trip in a very foreign place.”

After putting the clubs away for the holidays, he says he’s nearly back to 100 percent. It’s tough getting healthy when you’re the top amateur in the world, and among the top 50 college players. Williams competed in three of four stroke-play events for the Huskies this fall, and twice finished in the top10. He has only one semester left, and then will finish two additional classes to get his degree in sociology.

The outlook for the spring? Get healthy and enjoy the ride.

“We have a good team at Washington and right now apparently I’m third on the team, so doing all right.”

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