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Jhonattan Vegas makes miraculous par on final hole during second round at The Open

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With a name like Jhonattan Vegas, you might expect to get the rub of the green (or fairway) every so often.

The Venezuelan endured a farcical prelude to this year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie, a visa issue en route to Scotland from his home in the United States almost scuppering his inclusion in the tournament.

Unbeknownst to the three-time PGA tour winner his visa documents had expired, and only a last-minute flight via helicopter from Glasgow airport ensured he made it to the tournament on time.

His run of ill-fortune did not end there; he had arrived in Scotland without his golf bag, which was still in transit.

Luckily for Vegas, caddie Ruben Yorio was on hand to help find a replacement set of clubs for the 33-year old and Vegas did manage to make his tee-off time with just an hour to spare.

Of his tortuous journey to the first tee, Vegas told BBC Radio 5 Live: "It was a complicated issue with my visa trying to get to the UK. I thought I had it but I got confused with the date.

"This was last week, then we had the weekend and it was supposed to arrive on Tuesday, but then there was a problem with the carrier and it arrived on Wednesday."

The horror, however, was not about to end there.

147th Open Championship - Round One

A first round five over par left Vegas ten shots off the lead and the prospect of needing a miracle second round if he was to make the cut.

There was no divine intervention, Vegas eventually missing out having posted 8 over par.

However, at the 18th and cruising to an Open exit, there was a moment that suggested somebody was perhaps smiling on the Venezuelan after all.

As you can see below, an errant second shot headed straight for the stands and crashed into the spectator area, only to bounce fortuitously into the middle of the fairway.

The ball even managed to navigate the rough en route to a more forgiving resting place.

Not only did the bounce completely change the trajectory of the ball, it’s final position saw it sit up perfectly, allowing Vegas to make a routine (by his own standards, at least) par.

It may not have been an altogether successful Open Championship for Jhonattan Vegas, but if his luck continues on the same upward trajectory that he finished the tournament with, he should at least make his next tournament on time and with his own clubs.

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