Miguel Tabuena made eight birdies in his first nine holes to enter the history books as the European Tour experienced a birdie blitz for the second week in a row at the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth.
It was just seven days ago that James Nitties equalled a world record with nine birdies in a row on day one of the ISPS Handa Vic Open and Tabuena was threatening to do the same at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.
Starting on the tenth, the Filipino made gains on his first seven holes and, after a par on the 17th, he made another birdie from four feet on the 18th to turn in 28.
✍🏻 EIGHT birdies in nine holes!
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) February 14, 2019
His eight gains equalled the record for most birdies on a first nine on the European Tour, matching Mårten Olander in the opening round of the 2002 Novotel Perrier Open de France and Craig Lee in round three at the 2013 Omega European Masters.
Tabuena added another birdie on the first before bogeying the fifth and ninth, and the 24-year-old felt he could have gone even lower than his seven under par 65.
“I tried to keep it in the back of my head but it caught up to me on the third and fourth hole,” he said. “That was like I started to force some stuff, which I shouldn’t have, and it cost me.
“I started to force shots that I wasn’t comfy with. I started to go at pins when I shouldn’t have and the bogey on the par three (fifth) cost me.”