Jhonattan Vegas had to deal with every golfer’s worst nightmare on Day One of The Open: playing with a random set of clubs. Vegas arrived late to the third major of the season after dealing with an expired visa. After grinding through UPS customer service, Vegas finally received his new visa Wednesday morning. He arrived to Carnoustie Golf Links after hitching a helicopter ride from Glasgow, Scotland. However, he didn’t have his clubs because of all the connecting flights. His caddie, Ruben Yorio, managed to put a mixed set of clubs together for Vegas. On Thursday, with a tee time on the horizon, Vegas hit 20 balls on the range and then stepped on the first tee box. With an unfamiliar set of clubs, Vegas struggled and shot a 5 over par – 76. Vegas told The Open he was excited to play but it was a rough adventure.
“It was fun,” he told The Open, “even though the journey was frustrating.”
Jhonattan Vegas had travel document issues trying to get to the Open. He arrived this morning by helicopter but his clubs didn't make it. He's on the driving range taking the plastic off the new clubs he'll use while his caddie scrambles to find the essentials to put in the…
— Michael Collins (@ESPNCaddie) July 19, 2018
Everything seems to be against me to get my visa and make @TheOpen. First, @UPS mechanical problem and passport is running late and second, weather thru NYC and flight is delay. Probably need to find another flight. 😩😩😩😡😡😡😡😡🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬
— Jhonattan Vegas (@JhonattanVegas) July 17, 2018
After horrid visa/passport/travel issues, Jhonattan Vegas finally made it to Carnoustie at 9 am for his 10:30 am tee time. Hasn't seen the course, playing with new clubs as his regulars didn't arrive. He's currently +2
— Bob Weeks (@BobWeeksTSN) July 19, 2018