Jhonattan Vegas has held a share of the lead for the first three rounds of the Bob Hope Classic this week, showing that one of Nike Golf’s bright new stars seems perfectly comfortable on the big stage that is the PGA Tour. Vegas shares the lead with Gary Woodland at 18-under going into the weekend, and if Jhonattan can hold on for two more rounds he has the chance to secure his first PGA Tour win in only his second start in the 2011 season.
Vegas was a standout on the Nationwide Tour in 2010, and along with fellow rookies Jamie Lovemark and Kevin Kisner (who are also playing in the Hope this week) was one of the 25 graduates who got their PGA Tour card, and the first player from Venezuela to do so. Jhonattan is rapidly becoming recognized as one of the big hitters on tour (he’s currently 10th in driving distance), and don’t be surprised to see him mentioned in the same breath as Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson before long. He is also one of the more likeable new personalities on Tour, and if the galleries that are rooting him on at the Hope are any indication, he should be one of the new fan favorites on tour very soon.
In this piece by Sean Martin at Golfweek, we get to learn more about Jhonattan and how he made his way to the PGA Tour. Sean also put together this piece which shows side-by-side stats between Vegas and Woodland, and gives a nice look at Jhonattan’s stats all in one place. Check out both pieces at Golfweek.com and learn more about one of Nike Golf’s talented new athletes.