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Lost Vegas faces major battle to make cut

21 July, 2018, 22:25 | Author: Heidi Alvarez

Venezuela's Jhonattan Vegas starred in his own "horror movie" on Thursday, arriving at the British Open with barely an hour to spare for his 1031 (0931 GMT) tee time after a nightmare journey. "I thought I had it but I got confused with the date", Vegas told BBC Radio 5 live. Obviously, the United Kingdom does the day (first), and I've been living in America, I guess, for too long, and I got used to kind of just see the dates flipped (month first), which at the end of the day, it wasn't that big of a deal because I could have gotten a visa in 24 hours.

That left Vegas 10 shots off the pace of clubhouse leader Kevin Kisner. "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".

In an attempt to resolve the issue, his new passport was held up and then bad weather delayed his connecting flight from Houston to New York City on Tuesday afternoon.

Vegas realised only last week his visa had expired - on the day he checked it. And then he learned he had applied for the wrong visa, delaying the process more.

"I called my caddie", Vegas said, "and said, 'Man, scramble some clubs". He waited for seven hours in the consulate of Houston after finding out that his visa never left NY due to a UPS shutdown. He flew to Toronto before setting off on an overnight flight to Glasgow.

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"Showing up here and my clubs not showing up, I started laughing".

"I grabbed the clubs, went out and hit about 20 balls". I would do it again every single time.

Things haven't gone exactly to plan for Vegas at The Open. "I wouldn't really miss it for anything".

He fared better in his second round 74, which included a par at the 18th after his lucky bounce, but it wasn't enough to see him make the cut, finishing five off that mark at +8.

Vegas didn't make it into last year's British Open, and tied for 41st at last month's U.S. Open.

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