Kiradech Aphibarnrat
-7

Scorecard
Biography
ROUND
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOTAL
1
3
4
5
2
3
4
3
4
6
34
5
4
3
4
6
4
4
4
4
38
72
2
3
4
3
3
5
4
2
5
5
34
4
4
4
5
4
5
3
5
5
39
73
3
4
5
4
3
3
3
2
4
4
32
5
5
3
4
4
3
4
4
4
36
68
4
4
5
3
2
4
4
3
3
4
32
7
4
3
4
4
4
3
3
4
36
68
Par
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
36
72
m
403
520
411
195
449
388
206
450
545
3567
500
419
200
406
550
431
193
437
459
3595
7162
ROUND
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
1
3
4
5
2
3
4
3
4
6
34
2
3
4
3
3
5
4
2
5
5
34
3
4
5
4
3
3
3
2
4
4
32
4
4
5
3
2
4
4
3
3
4
32
Par
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
m
403
520
411
195
449
388
206
450
545
3567
ROUND
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOTAL
1
5
4
3
4
6
4
4
4
4
38
72
2
4
4
4
5
4
5
3
5
5
39
73
3
5
5
3
4
4
3
4
4
4
36
68
4
7
4
3
4
4
4
3
3
4
36
68
Par
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
36
72
m
500
419
200
406
550
431
193
437
459
3595
7162
Stats
ROUND 1
ROUND 2
ROUND 3
ROUND 4
TOTAL
RANK
Eagles
0
0
0
0
0
11
Birdies
4
6
6
6
22
1
Pars
10
5
10
11
36
29
Bogeys
4
7
2
0
13
7
Double Bogeys/+
0
0
0
1
1
15
Other
0
0
0
0
0
Putts per round
31
27
28
24
28
21
Putts per GIR
1.92
1.5
1.64
1.5
1.64
28
Greens in regulation
66.67 %
44.44 %
77.78 %
55.56 %
61.11 %
17
Sand Saves
0/0
0/0
2/2
2/2
4/4

Born: 23 July 1989.

Turned pro: 2008.

Special interests: Sports, racing cars.

Career highlights: Claimed his first victory as a professional with an 11-stroke win in the 2009 Singha Pattaya Open on the Mercedes-Benz Tour. Won his maiden Asian Tour title in the 2011 SAIL Open. In 2013 he won the Maybank Malaysian Open to earn playing privileges on the European Tour. He won the 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit.

2014 highlights: His best finish on the European Tour this year was tied 24th in the Volvo Golf Champions. He represented Asia in the inaugural Eurasia Cup in Kuala Lumpur.

2014 Majors: The Masters - Did not play. The US Open - Did not play. The Open - Missed cut. The PGA Championship - Withdrew.

NGC record: Debut.

Story

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."