James Nitties has made history during the first round of the Vic Open at 13th Beach Golf Links by tying the world record for the most consecutive birdies in a round of professional golf.
Nitties reeled off nine consecutive birdies at the Beach Course at 13th Beach to tie Mark Calcavecchia, Amy Yang and Bronte Law as those who have also achieved the same feat.
“I don’t hold any other world records that I know of, so to be a part of one is pretty cool.” Nitties said.
“Had a good chance for that 10th birdie, but I didn’t want to break it. It’s such a longstanding record, I wouldn’t do that to Mark, so it’s good to hold it with him.”
Remarkably, Nitties’ birdie binge from came after missing birdie putts on his first three holes and then making a double-bogey from the middle of the fairway on his fourth hole, the par-4 14th.
“It was a good way to turn around a double bogey. I was a little peeved off that I made double from the middle of the fairway and followed up with a couple birdies and then rattled off about seven or eight more is pretty special,” Nitties said.
“Anytime you can make a few birdies in a short ‑‑ you know, 10 holes is great.”
Nitties finished the round with an 8-under par to sit two strokes behind room-mate Nick Flanagan at 10-under.
“I don’t know if I stole Nick’s thunder, but Nick Flanagan shot 10 under today,” Nitties added. “Yeah, I was saying before that he cooked us delicious burritos last night, so maybe they’ll be on the menu again tonight.”
What a World Record equaling, nine birdies in a row looks like….
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