by Jeff Skinner
Golf is full of great names: The King, The Golden Bear, The Walrus, The Big Easy, Champagne Tony, Lord Byron, Boom Boom and we may have found another great one. He still has a very long way to go before we list his name among the legends but Jhonattan Vegas, or Johnny Vegas, as he was being called, has a good start at climbing up the nickname leaderboard.
Johnny Vegas was shooting lights out at The Bob Hope Classic and his second round score of 67 left him tied for the lead with Boo Weekly. Vegas was striping it with his driver and had his irons dialed in. So far he leads the tournament in driving accuracy and is fourth in distance. This is a young man that was enjoying his day.
Johnny Vegas is a tour rookie that learned to play golf with a broomstick and some rocks in his homeland of Venezula. After coming to America he played for the University of Texas and earned his way on the tour this year by placing seventh on the Nationwide Tour’s money list. He started watching golf when he saw Tiger at The Masters in 1997. “I started watching golf on TV when Tiger Woods won the ’97 Masters. That’s kind of when I really started watching a little golf and developing that passion of wanting to be a professional golfer and so that’s kind of one of the things that led me to be here.”
Johnny Vegas, love that name, says he’s having fun leading The Hope, “It’s a lot of fun. I’m enjoying it as much as I can because we know how complicated golf can be. I’m having a good time, as I always do. I’m just loving it, trying to play the best I can. So far, things worked out.”
It’s only the second round of his second tournament of the season but Jhonattan Vegas has already made his mark on the tour: he has the coolest name on tour, Johnny Vegas.