Despite having earned the invite, Tim Clark will not be making the trip to St. Andrews to take part in the Open and all this is because of the visa issues that he has had. The news was first reported by GolfWeek, and according to their report Clark, a well know South African golfer, is faced with visa issues that will make him miss out on the Open which is set for next week.
After having a very successful Travelers Championship Tim Clark got the invitation to take part in the Open early last week after the R&A opted to extend the invitation number so as to fill up a field of 156. Before making any travel arrangements, Clark is subjected to travel laws both in the United Kingdom and South Africa, therefore in an event that he wants to apply for a visa, he has to do it weeks in advance.
While speaking to GolfChannel.com on Wednesday this week Clark opened up about the hardship that is involved when it comes to travelling to the U.K., here is what he said. “The U.K. is the hardest place to go in the U.K.”
He went on to state that, “When travelling to other places I need a visa. The laws in U.K. for South Africans who want to apply for Visas was tightened back in 2009. As at now, the whole process requires South Africans to go through biometric screening which includes finger printing. Before you can be able to get to this particular point you need a statement that indicates the purpose of your visit and according to Clark, the R&A refused to grant him one until he was given an invite to the Open.