The Open 2018: Jhonattan Vegas shoots five-over-par 76 after visa, flight and membership points
Jhonattan Vegas wanted a late helicopter experience – and a brand new set of golf equipment – to make his first spherical at The Open after visa points held him up.
The Venezuelan arrived at Carnoustie barely an hour earlier than his tee time, after a drama that started when he discovered his UK visa had expired.
He was two over after three holes, carding one birdie in opposition to six bogeys, and shot a five-over-par 76.
That left Vegas 10 pictures off the tempo of clubhouse chief Kevin Kisner.
The 33-year-old, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, had solely realised his visa had expired when he was prepared to depart his house in the US for the east coast of Scotland.
He managed to acquire the mandatory documentation, but it surely took longer than he anticipated – earlier than he left on the final potential flight that will get him to Carnoustie on time.
“It was an advanced concern with my visa making an attempt to get to the UK. I assumed I had it however I acquired confused with the date,” Vegas advised BBC Radio 5 dwell.
“This was final week, then we had the weekend and it was presupposed to arrive on Tuesday, however then there was an issue with the service and it arrived on Wednesday.”
The opposite downside was that he arrived in Scotland with out his golf bag – which means that he needed to name on caddie Ruben Yorio to assist get him a substitute set of golf equipment.
Vegas then took a helicopter experience from Glasgow Airport earlier than his 10:31 BST tee time.
He added: “I wished to make it right here as that is such an excellent occasion.
“I acquired right here this morning after which had a helicopter experience. I landed round 6:30am, however the massive concern was that Air Canada determined to depart my golf equipment in Canada.”
Vegas missed the lower on his Open debut look at Royal Birkdale final 12 months.