Friday, 10 May 2019
Niklas Lemke  (Getty Images)
Niklas Lemke (Getty Images)

Niklas Lemke got within touching distance of a place in the European Tour history books as he carded a brilliant 64 on day two of the Betfred British Masters.

The record for consecutive birdies in a round has already been broken once this season when James Nitties made nine in a row at the ISPS Handa Vic Open, and Lemke threatened that mark at Hillside Golf Club.

He started his run on the 13th, chipped in on the 16th, and got on the par five second green in two for an eighth birdie in a row.

When he hit an excellent tee shot on the next, the record was in sight, but his second found the greenside bunker and the run ended with an excellent up-and-down for par.

It may not be a record but eight consecutive birdies is still an incredible achievement and puts Lemke alongside the likes of the great Seve Ballesteros.

"I didn't think about it going to be a record or something like that," he said. "It feels good to be in that sort of company.

"I got a couple and then I chipped in on 16, was kind of a bonus, and hit a couple of good shots on 17 and 18 and number one and second shot on number two. I got a couple of easy ones and I made a couple of tough ones.

I didn't think about it going to be a record or something like that. It feels good to be in that sort of company - Niklas Lemke

Lemke came through the Qualifying School at the tenth time of asking to secure his place on the European Tour, and he revealed he is embracing the nerves heading into a sold out Saturday at the right end of the leaderboard.

"There's going to be a lot of people out there which is going to be fun," he said. "It's going to be fun to feel those nerves again. It's been a little while but it's going to be good.

"I pretty much have nothing to lose. Just going out there trying to hit good shots and trying to hit the shots that I want to hit and try to make some putts."

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