Oh brother! Vincent siblings overcome freak baggage woe

Brothers Scott (main picture) and Kieran Vincent both enjoyed eventful days to say the least on the opening round of the International Series Morocco, at the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Rabat.

In a bizarre twist, both players started the day minus their golf clubs as they had not arrived with them at Casablanca airport, and the day got even worse for Scott after a morning run to the airport proofed fruitless as he returned empty handed.

To compound his woes, he incurred a two-shot penalty for arriving at the first tee – with a borrowed set from the club pro – shortly after his scheduled tee time of 12:30. He was 30 seconds away from being disqualified.

Brother Kieran ended up teeing off with a hastily assembled set which included a selection of clubs from friends in the tournament who stepped in to support the Zimbabwean. Legion XIII team-mate on the LIV Golf League Caleb Surratt supplied the irons, Taichi Kho provided a driver and Ian Snyman chipped in with a wedge. Jaco Ahlers even provided some golf balls for the day.
Kieran Vincent used a selection of clubs kindly given by other players. Picture by Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour.

Given the tricky situation, the rounds were nothing short of spectacular. Scott, who plays for the Iron Head GC on LIV, roared back from his two-shot penalty with five birdies and an eagle, on the par-five eighth, to sit just two shots off co-leaders John Catlin and Kozuma Kobori.

Kieran started off with three bogeys, two in his first three holes, but birdies on four, eight, 12 and 17 gave the him a one-under round of 72 which he “would have signed for straight away” had it been offered before his round.

Scott, who also played with the same clubs on the pro-am, said: “I had zero expectations today but feel we definitely learned something that will help us get better in future. So in a way it was great to play, the pressure was off and I just wanted to see what would happen.

“We have an early turnaround (for the second round) so the plan is to play with the same clubs unless they can be couriered. Entertaining for the Vincents, for sure!”

Kieran said: “Lucky enough, we have some really cool people out here on the Asian Tour – it is a friendly tour. A lot of people had clubs, bits and pieces, but obviously it is hard to make up a full set when you do not have anything, so we have a bit of a mixed bag here!

“I have talked a lot to myself about adapting, no matter what, whatever the situation might be. And so just being able to go out there with none of my stuff, even golf shoes, I am taking in the moment, and we will just take it as it comes.”

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