MENA Tour Prodigy Fires Nine Birdies In A Row!

Seventeen-year old Rayhan Thomas (pictured) fired a magical 10-under 61 highlighted by world record-equalling nine birdies in a row in a stunning display of golf in the second round of the Dubai Creek Open on Tuesday.

That incredible run of birdies, starting from the second, ignited his challenge of winning back-to-back titles as he ended the penultimate day at 12-under, just two shots behind overnight leader MG Keyser, who followed his record-breaking 61 with a 68 to keep his nose in front.

Thomas’ flawless round, which also equalled the Dubai Creek course record set 24 hours ago by Keyser, had a special ring to it as it was achieved in the company of none other than 2011 Open champion Clarke, who is also the MENA Tour patron.

“Rayhan is a huge talent, obviously. He played beautifully, hit the ball very close and putted nicely. The way he was playing, this is the worse he could have shot,” said Darren Clarke. “He was very calm and composed and read the greens very well, which I couldn’t!

“Rayhan’s game is trending in the right direction and I think he has a great future of ahead of him. I wish him the very best,” said the Northern Irishman.