It sounds like a movie script - beset by visa problems, Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas arrived at Carnoustie by helicopter just 45 minutes before his Open Championship tee time, ending a frantic transatlantic dash.
The Venezuelan golfer's remarkable week-long journey to Carnoustie involved an expired visa, a seven-hour stakeout in a vehicle outside a consulate in Houston, a hastily arranged helicopter ride across Scotland, and a lost set of clubs.
"Even though the journey seemed really insane and frustrating at times, I just thought someone was really playing a joke on me", Vegas said. "Even if somebody tried to do that on objective, I think you couldn't really do it, where last week, 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".
He shot a five-over 76 to be 12 shots back. "Otherwise, I probably would have played with members' clubs today", Vegas said.
He also had to overcome a courier error, then bad weather in NY forced him to fly from Houston to Toronto to Glasgow.
After obtaining the necessary documentation, the Houston resident took the last possible flight that would get him to Carnoustie on time, but the story did not end there. He waited for seven hours in the consulate of Houston after finding out that his visa never left NY due to a UPS shutdown.
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"Hopefully my clubs will show up", Vegas said.
And that was when Vegas thought someone was playing a trick on him.
"I don't know how he even made contact with the ball the first couple holes", Finau said. "I guess I've been living in America too long", he joked.
Vegas was 1 over after eight holes before his scoring worsened when he started to use driver.
"But at the end of the day, I gave it a try". He flew to Toronto before setting off on an overnight flight to Glasgow.