James Nitties matches world record with nine consecutive birdies as Nick Flanagan leads the way in Vic Open
- Nitties made nine consecutive birdies on day one of the ISPS Handa Vic Open
- His run matches the feat of Mark Calcavecchia in the 2009 Canadian Open
- Nick Flanagan leads the way, scoring eight birdies and two eagles in a 62
- In the women’s event, Felicity Johnson took a two-shot lead over Kim Kaufman
Australia’s James Nitties equalled the world record by making nine consecutive birdies on a day of low scoring in the ISPS Handa Vic Open.
The 36-year-old’s incredible run matches the feat accomplished by former Open champion Mark Calcavecchia in the 2009 Canadian Open and followed a double bogey on the 14th hole of the Beach course at 13th Beach Golf Club, his fifth hole of the day.
Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger made nine birdies in a row at the 2017 Maybank Championship, but with preferred lies in play on that occasion Nitties’ run of gains made him the first player to officially do it on the European Tour.
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