WATCH: Korn Ferry Tour golfer James Nicholas leaves clubs on airport carousel, sprints to make tee time

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Golf has long rewarded those with patience and perseverance. To just make it to this week’s AdventHealth Championship, however, James Nicholas had to skip the former.

Nicholas — who learned Tuesday evening that he was a substitute for the Korn Ferry Tour tournament — arrived moments before his tee time after a frantic trip to the Blue Hills Country Club in Kansas City, Mo. To avoid a penalty of two strokes late for his tee time, he left his golf clubs on the airport carousel and rushed straight to the course.

Luckily for Nicholas, the club pro had a set of clubs, shoes and a glove ready for him. Nicholas picked them up, raced to the first tee box and proceeded to hit a drive like nothing before it was unusual.

Nicholas, a 24-year-old who won Ivy League Player of the Year honors at Yale in 2019, detailed his journey – which included a delayed flight, a passenger’s peanut allergy, traffic jams and much more – on instagram and Twitter.

This isn’t the first time Nicholas has shown confidence in less than envious circumstances. In February, he shot a second-round 61 a day after recording a first-round 79 at the Astara Golf Championship. The 18-stroke improvement, while impressive, was not enough for him to qualify.

The AdventHealth Championship is set to run through Sunday, so it remains to be seen if Nicholas’ hustle paid off.