Visa delay makes Rock last-minute US Open arrival

June 16, 2011 - 8:44 PM

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Robert Rock is recovering from an incredible bout of red tape and jet lag — and he's also 1 under par at the U.S. Open.

Rock shot a 70 Thursday despite arriving at Congressional at 3:30 a.m. The Englishman says he had delays in getting a visa because of a driving-under-the-influence charge when he was a teenager.

Rock didn't get his passport back until 4 p.m. Tuesday in England. He then took an 8 p.m. flight to Newark and hired a car for $1,000 to get him to Maryland.

Rock qualified for the U.S. Open two weeks ago and started the visa process then. He shot under par despite never having seen the Blue Course.

He said he felt fine during the round, but fatigue was starting to get to him as he finished.