Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee was devastated to have missed the cut at The Open after finishing eight over par on Friday, and immediately flew to London to head back to his homeland.
1999 Open champion Paul Lawrie was equally sad, and drove straight back up to Aberdeen and went out to walk his dog.
Jaidee, one of Asia's finest ever professional golfers, thought his day had gone from bad to worse when he was told the flight he'd planned to catch at Heathrow was full.
Then, however, mother nature stepped in. Blazing sunshine and strong winds saw The Open competitors blown off the course at Muirfield, and the cut line moved from a predicted +4 to +8 - meaning that both Lawrie and Jaidee were in the tournament after all.
"I flew to London after my round yesterday. I thought I missed the halfway cut!" said world number 61 Jaidee.
"Luckily the flight to Thailand was full and I was on the waiting list. We (with Thaworn Wiratchant) reached London at around 7pm and waited for the counter to open to try and get a flight.
“At about 8.45pm I was told that I had a seat in business class and I thought, ‘Wow, I’m lucky’. Then my manager called me and told me that I had a good chance to make the cut. That was five minutes before I went to collect my ticket!
“Shortly after that, my manager called me again and told me that I made the cut and I had to fly back to Edinburgh! I had one hour and 15 minutes to get from Terminal 3 to Terminal 5 so I had rush to catch the flight,” he laughed.
“It was an amazing experience for me. This is the first time in my life that this has happened to me but it was quite fun!” said Thongchai, who holds an unprecedented three Asian Tour Order of Merit titles.
His adventure paid dividends when he returned with a third round score of even-par 71 for an eight-over-par 221, a solid effort which was marred by two triple bogeys in the opening round.
“After my round, I thought the cut would be at six-over. When I left the cutline was still at about three or four-over. I thought it was impossible to make the cut. I didn’t watch the live scoring at all. I’ve been travelling for seven weeks in a row so I was a bit tired and thinking of going home to see my family.
“Despite what happened, I feel good. It was fun. I stuck to my game plan and like yesterday, I missed only one fairway. I hit a lot of good putts and shots. I think even-par is a good score. My game is getting a little bit better and I’m looking forward to the last round.”
The 44-year-old Lawrie, also eight over after his second round, jumped in the car to drive two hours home to Aberdeenshire where he imagined he would watch the rest of the championship from the comfort of his sofa.
Paul Lawrie - 2013 Open
"I went home, obviously I didn't think seven-over had any chance, let alone eight, so we packed up and went home, got to walk the dog and have a bite to eat," the 44-year-old, who beat Justin Leonard and Jean Van de Velde in a playoff at Carnoustie in 1999, told reporters on Saturday.
"I had been watching it on the I-pad and was actually out walking the dog when the texts started to come through. So we packed a bag and got back here at 11.15 last night.
"I've never had to do that before so thankfully it's just up the road.
"When I came off the course six over was 79th or 80th. It just shows you how tough this course is."
But for a terrible 10-over-par first-round 81, Lawrie, who shot 69 on Friday, would not just be back making up the numbers and trying to earn a larger share of the prize money.
His round of 70 on Saturday included five birdies and left him at seven-over for the tournament, 10 shots behind second-round leader Miguel Angel Jimenez.
"I was terrible on Thursday, I hit so many poor shots and when the golf course is set up as tough as this you are not going to do anything else," he said.
"But Friday I played beautiful and today I played beautiful again although I struggled a bit with the putter and it should have been quite a few less."
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