|ISPS Handa Vic Open second-round leaderboard|
|-14 N Flanagan, J Scrivener (Aus); -13 W Ormsby (Aus); -12 B Kennedy, M Jager (Aus); -11 N Cullen (Aus), D Law (Sco), C Sordet (Fra)|
|Selected others: -10 A Karlsson (Swe), R Fox, M Hendry (NZ), L Herbert, M Griffin (Aus), M Hoey (NI), G Forrest (Sco); -6 J Nitties (Aus)|
James Nitties made a world record-equalling nine consecutive birdies in the ISPS Handa Vic Open – but is eight shots off the lead at the halfway mark.
His run from the 15th to the fifth in the first round – a European Tour record – matched Mark Calcavecchia’s feat in the 2009 Canadian Open.
But a second-round 74, with just one birdie, leaves him adrift of leaders Nick Flanagan and Jason Scrivener.
“I’m pumped. It is pretty cool,” the Australian said after his record run.
Austrian Bernd Wiesberger made nine birdies in a row at the 2017 Maybank Championship but preferred lies were being used on that occasion, while England’s Bronte Law matched it en route to winning the Ladies European Tour Qualifying School in December.
Australian duo Scrivener and Flanagan share the lead with their compatriot Wade Ormsby a shot off the lead and two more Australians Matt Jager and Brad Kennedy another stroke back.
Scotland’s David Law, who has yet to drop a shot, is three shots off the lead alongside Clement Sordet and Nick Cullen.
The tournament is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and LPGA and in the women’s event, American Kim Kaufman carded a second consecutive 66 to reach 13 under and lead by two shots from Japan’s Haru Nomura.
England’s Charlotte Thomas is four shots off the pace after a second successive 68, but compatriot Felicity Johnson, who held a two-shot lead overnight, slipped back with a 74 on six under.