An Australian golfer with a prominent moustache and sideburns to match is still pinching himself an amazing first round at the Victorian Open.
James Nitties, 36, equalled Mark Calcavecchia’s long standing record of nine successive birdies on a crazy day of under par scoring on Thursday.
Nitties’ recovery was impressive. Earlier in his round he produced a forgettable double bogey on the fifth hole.
Australian golfer James Nitties (pictured left) was on cloud nine after nine successive birdies at the first round of the Vic Open on Thursday
A couple of hours later, he was in disbelief after having reeled off nine straight birdies – equalling the mark set by Calcavecchia at the 2009 Canadian Open.
‘I don’t hold any other world records that I know of, so to be a part of one is pretty cool,’ Nitties said.
‘It’s such a long standing record…it’s good to hold it with Mark (Calcavecchia).’
Nitties is among a group of six players tied for second, including fellow Australian Jason Scrivener, New Zealander James Anstiss and American Kurt Kitayam.
Nick Flanagan, who happens to be Nitties’ flatmate, also had an opening round to savour.
The 2003 US Amateur champion shot a career-best round of 10-under to lead by two strokes – not that he is getting ahead of himself.
‘I have had a few 9-unders on tour,’ he said. ‘A couple of early putts dropped and I just ran with it.’
A birdie is a score of one-under par on any individual hole for golfers.
James Nitties (pictured) had a day out at the Victorian Open on Thursday, reeling off nine successive birdies