Last week, you could walk by virtually any sports bar and see people glued to the Phoenix Open golf tournament, somewhat surprising in a nation of futbolistas. The only Colombian in the tournament was Camilo Villegas (among a sea of Argentines)who is from Medellín. Maybe not as well known in the U.S. as Edgar Renteria from Major League Baseball or Juan Pablo Montoya from NASCAR, he's inspired a new generation of golf fanatics here in Colombia, as well as established himself as a leading sports figure internationally.
And safe to say, his off-the-field conduct casts his country in a positive light, important in rebranding Colombia and in contrast to the affairs of some *ahem* other popular golf celebrities:
Colombians find their ambassador on the golf course Miami Herald