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Jhonattan Vegas

Vegas nearly misses tee time and arrives without clubs

Imagine nearly missing your tee time for the Open. Then realising you don't have any clubs. Equipment editor James Savage takes a look at one of the most bizarre Open preparations in history...
 

Open preparations don’t get much worse. Jhonattan Vegas had been at loggerheads with the transport office earlier this week after finding out his visa had expired.

He’d been stuck in Houston desperately trying to make it to Carnoustie for his 10.31am tee time on Thursday.

Even after sorting the visa, he then had courier and weather issues to content with.

The Venezuelan finally managed to get things sorted and was on a flight to Glasgow, via Toronto, which touched down less than two hours before he was due to tee off with  Tony Finau and Xander Schauffele.

He travelled from Glasgow to Carnoustie by helicopter, as you do when you’re a successful tour pro.

But just when Vegas, a three-time PGA Tour winner, though his luck was in, it turned out his golf clubs had not made it to Scotland.

It resulted in him and his caddie rushing around the practice ground putting together some Mizuno, Titleist and TaylorMade clubs for him to use.

Jhonattan Vegas

Luckily Mizuno, with whom he has a contract to play their irons, had a spare tour bag available.

Vegas managed about 20 minutes of practice before going on to shoot a four-over par 75.

All things considered, it could have been a lot worse.

Sandy Lyle’s putter is the wrong way round

Lyle hit the opening tee shot of the 147th Open Championship looking like he’d just raided the merchandise tent.

Sandy Lyle putter

In fairness to the 1985 Champion, who is possibly playing in his last Open, he is an honorary member of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.

And his caddie for the week, James Bunch, is a fellow R&A member so why wouldn’t they be keen to show off some of the official gear?

What made less sense to me was the back-to-front ‘ugly duckling’ putter he had in play.

Lyle was level par through 12 holes but he finished bogey, bogey after a double on the par-3 13th. He’s four over for the tournament.

Nike turn nasty

We saw some pretty shocking efforts from Nike at the US Open last month but these latest offerings are just nasty.

Rory McIlroy Nike Shoes

See what I did there? If you’re still struggling, let me explain.

Carnoustie is a notoriously difficult golf course and has earned the nickname Car-nasty.

So Nike have kitted many of their top players, like Rory McIlroy and Paul Casey with shoes which say ‘nasty’ on the bottom.

Car-NASTY! @nikegolf #nike #nikegolf #chaseyours #lunarcommand2 #theopen #carnoustie

A post shared by Paul Casey (@paul_caseygolf) on

See what they’ve done there?

James Savage

Former equipment editor of NCG. Inconsistent ball-striker and tea-maker.

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