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Teenage Amateur Ties Birdie Streak Record

Indian teenager Rayhan Thomas equalled the record for most consecutive birdies in a professional event. (Photo: Golf Digest Middle East)
A 17-year-old amateur from India has equaled the all-time record for the most birdies in a row during a men's or women's professional event carrying world ranking points.

Rayhan Thomas reeled off nine straight birdies at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club during the second round of the Dubai Creek Open on the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Tour.

17-year-old Indian amateur Rayhan Thomas

Birdies from the second to the 10th propelled Thomas to a course record-tying 10-under-par 61 in his title defence, having won last year's Dubai Creek Open as an amateur.

''I'm very happy, I play well here because I know the course really well and to do it in front of all the members and my parents and stuff was a little more special," Thomas said after his magical round.

"When I birdied 10, that was my ninth birdie, it actually crept into my head I could possibly [shoot] 59."

Thomas was playing with 2011 Open champion Darren Clarke, who is also a patron of the little-known MENA Tour.

"I just started holing putts, hit a lot of good iron shots, gave myself some good looks and I was just holing putts all day," Thomas said.

"Almost all the putts I looked at felt like they could go in."

Thomas run matched the mark set by American Mark Calcavecchia at the 2009 Canadian Open, Austrian Bernd Weisberger at this year's Maybank Championship, South Korean Amy Yang at the Hana Bank Championship in 2015 and Beth Daniel at a 1999 LPGA Tour event.

"Being a part of history means a lot and making nine birdies in a row was extrremely fun today."


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