IRVING, Texas (AP) - Fun-loving PGA Tour rookie James Nitties finished with four consecutive birdies for a 5-under 65 and a share of the first-round lead with Ken Duke on Thursday in the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Nitties, who on his tour bio lists clubbing, girls and movies as his special interests, was 1 under through 14 holes and hopeful of getting one more birdie in his round. He then hit his approach at the 504-yard 15th to 5 feet, and his longest putt in the closing stretch was 12 feet.
The 26-year-old Australian who appeared on the Golf Channel's "Big Break" series finished second at the PGA Tour qualifying tournament last fall.
Duke snapped a streak of 11 consecutive rounds in the 70s to share the first-round lead for only the second time in his 118 career starts. His putt at No. 18 stopped 3 inches short of the hole, or he would have had another birdie.
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