Kiradech Aphibarnrat
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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
4
4
5
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
4
4
3
5
4
3
3
4
4
34
70
2
3
4
3
3
5
4
4
4
5
35
5
4
3
3
4
4
3
3
4
33
68
3
3
5
4
3
5
6
4
4
3
37
5
3
4
5
4
4
3
3
5
36
73
4
4
5
5
2
3
5
4
4
6
38
4
5
3
4
5
5
2
5
4
37
75
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
4
4
5
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
2
3
4
3
3
5
4
4
4
5
35
3
3
5
4
3
5
6
4
4
3
37
4
4
5
5
2
3
5
4
4
6
38
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
4
4
3
5
4
3
3
4
4
34
70
2
5
4
3
3
4
4
3
3
4
33
68
3
5
3
4
5
4
4
3
3
5
36
73
4
4
5
3
4
5
5
2
5
4
37
75
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
1
0
1
4
Birdies
4
6
4
4
18
4
Pars
12
10
7
7
36
30
Bogeys
2
2
5
7
16
1
Double Bogeys/+
0
0
1
0
1
12
Other
0
0
0
0
0
Putts per round
27
27
27
28
27
27
Putts per GIR
1.67
1.75
1.5
1.7
1.65
30
Greens in regulation
66.67 %
66.67 %
55.56 %
55.56 %
61.11 %
21
Sand Saves
1/1
2/2
0/2
1/1
4/6

Born: 23 July 1989.

Turned pro: 2008.

Country: Thailand.

Special interests: Sports, racing cars.

Career highlights: Claimed his maiden victory when he won the 2009 Singha Pattaya Open on the Mercedes-Benz Tour by 11-strokes. Broke through on the Asian Tour with a win in the 2011 SAIL Open. Progressed to the European Tour with a victory in the 2013 Maybank Malaysian Open and won the Asian Tour Order of Merit that year.

2015 highlights: Twice a winner on the European Tour in the Shenzhen International and the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play.

2015 Majors: The Masters - DNP. The US Open - DNP. The Open - MC. The PGA Championship - T68.

NGC record: Second appearance. 2014 - 5.

Story

A fifth place finish on his debut in the 2014 Nedbank Golf Challenge gave South Africans their first glimpse of the talent of Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

And this year, Aphirbarnrat returns as a two-time winner on the European Tour in 2015 and a three-time winner overall.

He won the Shenzhen International with a magnificent finish in which he eagled the 17th in regulation play to tie for the lead, and then beat Li Hao-tong with a birdie on the first playoff hole.

And then in August he beat Marc Warren in the semi-finals and Robert Karlsson in the final to win the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play.

It was an incredible turnaround for a golfer who struggled to regain his form after the death of his longtime coach Natpasit Chokthanasar in December 2013.

Aphibarnrat was born Anujit Hirunratanakorn but decided to change his name for what Thais believe is a sign of good luck.

His amateur career included winning his age group at the Junior World Golf Championships in 2003 and 2004.

Aphibarnrat then turned professional in 2008. A year later he broke through in spectacular fashion when he won the Singha Pattaya Open by 11 strokes on the Mercedes-Benz Tour.

Aphibarnrat has progressed steadily ever since.

In 2011, he claimed his first victory on the Asian Tour in the SAIL Open. And then in 2013 he broke through on the European Tour when he won the Maybank Malaysian Open.

In 2013 he also impressed on the PGA Tour when he finished tied third in the CIMB Classic and tied fifth in the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf, as well as tied 25th in the PGA Championship. He capped a magnificent 2013 by taking the top spot on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.

Known as the Asian John Daly for his unathletic physique, Aphibarnrat is also often referred to the most exciting young player to emerge from Asia.

He 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'."

Yet there was a time when a career in motor racing held his attention more than golf.

"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, adding that he abandoned this pursuit because it became "too dangerous".

In 2015, Aphibarnrat has taken his game to an entirely different level with two victories on the European Tour of which he is understandably proud.

"I'm always saying, Thailand is a small country in Asia. I am so proud of myself, and I can show them that we also can win out of Asia. That's all I have to do. Now it's my next step to win in Europe."

Or perhaps in Africa.