Lost Vegas in last-gasp Carnoustie dash

Jhonattan Vegas Suffered Visa Issues Arrived at The Open Minutes Before Tee Time Without His Clubs

Jhonattan Vegas made it to the British Open only two hours before his tee time after a week filled with challenges that included an expired visa and a delayed flight to Carnoustie.

He lost his clubs en route and, following an 0630 helicopter ride from Glasgow Airport to the east coast of Scotland, a new set of clubs from three different manufacturers had to be hastily cobbled together for the start of his first round.

"To me, it nearly seemed like it was a horror movie happening for the past week", Vegas said. "Even if somebody tried to do that on objective, I think you couldn't really do it".

In the end, Vegas played the first round of golf's oldest major on one of the world's toughest courses with some borrowed clubs and a few minutes of practice.

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland - Jhonattan Vegas shot 76 in the opening round of The Open at Carnoustie, but he has a pretty solid excuse. "Otherwise, I probably would have played with members' clubs today", Vegas said.

That set off a cascade of bureaucratic and logistical nightmares: Vegas's visa application suffered delays, and then his connecting flight into NY had its own problems.

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He managed to obtain the necessary documentation, but it took longer than he expected - before he left on the last possible flight that would get him to Carnoustie on time. He waited in front of the consulate in Houston for seven hours on Tuesday to no avail.

He finally got the visa on Wednesday and flew to Glasgow, via Toronto, overnight.

And that was when Vegas thought someone was playing a trick on him.

"Hopefully my clubs will show up", Vegas said. He bogeyed four of his final 10 holes.

"Everything seems to be against me to get my visa and make (The British Open)". "I am a positive man, I go and give it a try and see what happens, and count at the end".

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