Jhonattan Vegas' helicopters to course, uses borrowed clubs

Ruben Hill
July 20, 2018

Venezuela's Jhonattan Vegas was involved in a late helicopter dash on Thursday, arriving at the British Open with barely an hour to spare for his 10.31 tee time after experiencing a remarkable tale of woe.

The Venezuelan was scheduled to fly to Scotland late last week, but he then realised his visa had expired and he was not issued with the required paperwork until Wednesday.

"I don't know how he even made contact with the ball the first couple holes", Finau said.

"To me, it nearly seemed like it was a horror movie happening for the past week, " said Vegas, 33, who is from Venezuela but has lived in the United States for several years. "Last Thursday I was supposed to travel here, get here by Friday morning, have a few days to kind of adjust to the time and all that stuff". "I just thought that somebody was really playing a joke on me".

His application wasn't processed until Monday and he was told by the NY consulate that he could collect it in Houston, where he lives.

"Something happened with UPS in NY that the whole UPS shut down". He'd arranged with his agent for a helicopter to take him over to Carnoustie so he could register in time, but then he encountered another problem: His clubs never made it out of Toronto. "Hopefully my clubs show up tomorrow morning", he said.

"But at the end of the day, I gave it a try". I would do it again every single time. It's fun playing here.

Jhonattan Vegas later tweeted: "Everything seems to be against me to get my visa and make The Open. I wouldn't miss (The Open) for any means".

"Through eight holes, I was feeling good". "Even if someone tried to do something like this on goal, you couldn't really do it". That dashed any hope of getting to Carnoustie a week early for practice, but he thought he could just get another one within 24 hours and rearrange the flight.

That left Vegas 10 shots off the pace of clubhouse leader Kevin Kisner. Give it a try.

He also bogeyed 11, 15 and the final hole to return a 76, but Vegas can enjoy a relaxing evening and a decent lie-in on Friday as he does not begin his second round until 3:32pm.

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