Previously known as Anujit Hirunratanakorn, Kiradech Aphibarnrat decided to change his name for what Thais believe is a sign of good luck. And it certainly seems to have paid off for him.
Aphibarnrat is a three-time winner as a professional and is now making his debut in the Nedbank Golf Challenge courtesy of his first-place finish on the 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit.
As an amateur, Aphibarnrat established his credentials by winning his age group at the Junior World Golf Championships in 2003 and 2004.
He turned professional in 2008, and a year later broke through in spectacular fashion when he won the Singha Pattaya Open by a massive 11 strokes on the Mercedes-Benz Tour.
In 2011, Aphibarnrat made his breakthrough on the Asian Tour with his victory in the SAIL Open.
And then in 2013 he broke through on the European Tour when he won the Maybank Malaysian Open, taking up full membership of the tour.
That same year he took his game to America and had top finishes of tied third in the PGA Tour's CIMB Classic and tied fifth in the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf. It was also the year of his best finish in a Major to date of tied 25th in the PGA Championship.
Aphibarnrat capped a magnificent 2013 with the top spot on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, and following his finishes inside the top 10 on the moneylist in both 2010 and 2011.
Not cut from the mould of the traditional tour professional, Aphibarnrat is often referred to as Asian John Daly for his unathletic physique.
But there is no doubting the potential of this 25-year-old, with the Asian Tour referring to him as "the most exciting young player to emerge from Thailand".
Yet he could easily have been lost to another sport - motor racing.
"If I wasn't a golfer, I'd probably be a racing car driver. I love the Fast and Furious movies - from the first to the last," he says. But he abandoned this pursuit because it became "too dangerous".
Aphibarnrat was first exposed to the game of golf at the age of eight. "I used to follow my dad to the range, and I thought, 'this sport looks interesting'."
Aphibarnrat remains very close to his family. "My family keeps me going. Golf at this level is not easy, with all the practice and having to keep yourself mentally strong. So my family is always beside me and they are very important to me."
But he admits there are two items in his life he cannot do without. "My watch and my car."
While comparisons have been made to John Daly, Aphibarnrat has another superstition that draws comparisons with Tiger Woods.
"I always wear green on the final day. Tiger wears red, and I wear green. I feel like it gives me more power."