ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Trey Mullinax had a mad dash to get to Scotland in time for the 150th Open Championship and faced bent golf clubs from the trip, but he still made the cut and carded a round of 6 under on Saturday.

Mullinax didn’t have high expectations for last weekend’s Barbasol Championship. In fact, they were so down for the competition in Kentucky that he didn’t take his passport. But the unexpected triumph – as he won by a shot past Kevin Streelman – meant he had secured a place at the St. Andrews Open and then had to race to recover in time to see the course before his first round on Thursday. .

What followed was an eventful journey for Mullinax.

“So I had to go home [to Birmingham, Alabama]get my passport, go to JFK on Monday morning, fly from JFK to Dublin, Dublin to Edinburgh, Edinburgh here,” Mullinax said. “I got here at like – I left my house at 5am Monday morning, got here at 8am on Tuesday then started at like 1:30 for 18 holes. »

He said he had in the region of three hours of sleep on Sunday, then “about zero to zero on Monday.” But he managed to make the cut, going through the first two days at normal level.

This score was made even more remarkable by the realization that he had played the first two rounds with a putter that had been bent 2 degrees during transit from the United States.

“I had to pack my things because all my clubs were out of my bag when I got here,” Mullinax said. “A lot of clubs were bent, and so we had to adjust and stuff like that.”

His caddie, Julien Trudeau, and Mullinax didn’t realize the putter was misaligned Friday night.

“I actually found out last night that my putter was at 2 degrees,” Mullinax said. “I knew it sounded funny.

“I had to tell my caddy, man, I have to press it a lot. I was like, man, I don’t know what’s going on. The ball wasn’t rolling like in Kentucky. Surely I didn’t lose it in two days. I discovered today that it was 2 degrees less. I played much better today.”

It was Mullinax’s first trip to the UK since 2014, when he played in the Palmer Cup at Walton Heath.

“It’s so much fun. Hitting shots I’ve never hit before,” he said. “My caddie, Jules, has been very prepared for the shots we’re going to have to hit and the bumps and runs you have to hit here. I feel very prepared and I feel like my game is good.”