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Kiradech Aphibarnrat |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/23/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'8" / 229
College: Thailand

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Kiradech Aphibarnrat painted a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in his first round at the Turkish Airlines Open and lies T4 after Thursday's play.
The big Thai's opening lap of the Montgomerie Maxx Royal got off to an inauspicious start with a bogey-5 at the short 362-yard 10th but he was quickly into his stride after that with birdies at 12, 13, 14, 16 and 18 against another dropped shot at 17 to turn in 34. He picked off further par breakers at 1, 4 and 6 to hit 6-under but gave one back at 8 to fall back into a seven-man tie for T4. Aphibarnrat only hit 50% of his greens in regulation but limited the damage by going 6-for-9 in scrambling. He trails leader Jaco Van Zyl by six shots. Oct 29 - 11:24 AM

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Kiradech Aphibarnrat pured a bogey-free, 4-under-par 33-34=67 in his third round of the British Masters to post 12-under 201, good for a share of the 54-hole lead with Matt Fitzpatrick.

The Big Dolphin has a string of 67s on the board at Woburn Golf Club in England this week. In today's loop, he went 4-for-4 in scrambling with four birdies, but he lamented a bit afterwards. "Today didn't have any particularly good shots," he said. "Driving and hitting is good. I made a lot of putts on the front nine but the iron play wasn't as sharp as the first two rounds. At the 17th and 16th they were very difficult putts and I couldn't make them but I just look forward to playing tomorrow." Aphibarnrat will be chasing his fourth European Tour title on Sunday. It would be his third just this season. The 26-year-old from Thailand started the week slotted 12th in the Race to Dubai standings.
Oct 10 - 3:15 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat authored a 4-under-par 34-33=67 to move up to tied third spot after two rounds of the British Masters at Woburn.

The Thai is 12th on the Race To Dubai after winning twice this season and he's put himself in position to attack a third trophy after two rounds of 67 which leave him at 8-under 134 at the midpoint. Aphibarnrat looked as if he might reel in leaders Soren Kjeldsen and Matt Fitzpatrick after circling birdies at 1, 8, 11, 13 and 15 against a single bogey at 7 to lie one back with three to play but he could only par 16 and then dropped a shot a 17. However, a walk-off birdie at the Marquess course's 18th put him on the shoulders of the leaders again heading into the weekend.
Oct 9 - 1:00 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat slots in at 15th on the Race To Dubai going into this week's Porsche European Open at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Germany.

The Thai's healthy position is due to two wins, the first in April's Shenzhen International in China and the second in last month's Paul Lawrie Match Play. Between those victories he missed six cuts out of 11 while also notching another pair of top 10s so it tends to be feast or famine for the talented 26-year-old. Managers must also decide how big a negative they should put on his recent inactivity as Aphibarnrat hasn't played since the PGA Championship in mid-August when he posted T68. To balance that, in his only other start on German soil, he finished fourth at this year's BMW International Open.
Sep 22 - 8:45 AM

With a four-foot conversion for birdie on the final hole of the championship match, Kiradech Aphibarnrat defeated Robert Karlsson 1 up at the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play at Murcar Links Golf Club in Aberdeen, Scotland.

In what was a brilliant display of golf theater, the Thai nearly coughed away this title. The duo matched birdies on the par-4 first hole before Aphibarnrat grabbed the lead with a birdie-3 at No. 2. He extended to 3 up through six, but Karlsson chipped away with wins at 8 and 9 to turn 1 down. Aphibarnrat won the 11th with a birdie-3 and No. 14 with a par-4 to regain the 3-up margin. With little room to spare, Karlsson took his cuts. He played Nos. 15-17 birdie-par-birdie, winning all three holes to even the match. At the par-4 18th, the Swede's tee ball landed on the green at the second hole, but Aphibarnrat's drive also failed to find the fairway, drifting right and into the rough. It was the eventual champ's escape that set up the clinching birdie. Karlsson's birdie attempt from 10 feet never threatened. This is the 26-year-old's third career victory on the European Tour and second this season.
Aug 2 - 12:59 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat defeated a lackluster Marc Warren 3&2 on Sunday morning to reach the final of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play in Scotland.

Home favorite Warren didn't manage a single birdie and was 5-over for the 16 holes played. That made it easy for his Thai opponent, who never had to do anything special at Murcar Links GC. A par at the opening hole was enough to give Warren an early lead but Aphibarnrat made it all square after the Scot bogeyed the second. Thanks to wins at 4, 8 and 11, Aphibarnrat went 3up and, with Warren unable to find a response, a par at 16 secured the 26-year-old a somewhat unexpected place in this afternoon's final.
Aug 2 - 7:28 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat toured Golfclub München Eichenried in 5-under-par 32-35=67 on the opening morning of the BMW International Open and is just one off the pace.

For most of his round, it looked as if the Thai would set the clubhouse target but he bogeyed his penultimate hole, the eighth, to drop a shot behind leader Andrew Johnston. Despite splitting just 6 (of 14) fairways, Aphibarnrat circled birdies at 11, 12, 13, 16, 4 and 6 before suffering his only blemish two holes from home. This is his debut at both the course and tournament and today was the first time in seven attempts he'd broken 70 in the opening round of an event.
Jun 25 - 8:29 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat has never played a European Tour event in Germany but changes that by teeing it up in this week's BMW International Open.

The Thai arrives at Golfclub München Eichenried slotted in at 14th place in the Race To Dubai although he's missed his last two cuts. Aphibarnrat shot 71-80 in the Irish Open at Royal County Down and also lasted just 36 holes after a pair of 74s in the Nordea Masters. However, he restored some confidence back in Asia a fortnight ago when placing T10 in his home Thailand Open.
Jun 23 - 4:47 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat dropped three shots over the final five holes in an even-par 33-39=72 on day one of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

This was the Thai's first competitive round since he withdrew after 18 holes of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open two weeks ago with a neck injury. Aphibarnrat looked as if he could challenge for the lead after wiping out an early bogey with birdies at 4, 6 and 8, while another at 12 took him just one back. But some loose driving -- he split just 7 (of 14) fairways -- caught up with him and bogeys at 14, 16 and 18 undid all the hard work.
May 21 - 2:38 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat is expected to get back inside the ropes at next week's BMW PGA Championship.

The 25-year-old Thai withdrew prior to his second round of last week's stop in Mauritius due to what was reported as a neck injury. In an update in the Thursday edition of the Bangkok Post, the report added back pains to Aphibarnrat's discomfort, but his father, Panupong, played down any concern entering the flagship event on the European Tour. "He felt pain and could not play last week," Panupong said of his son. "He has since become better after a rest and can now play practice rounds. I am sure he will be fit next week." Kiradech is currently 79th in the Official World Golf Ranking and not yet eligible for any of the remaining majors. The top 60 at the conclusion of the BMW PGA and action on June 14 will be automatically eligible for the field of 156 at the U.S. Open on June 18-21.
May 14 - 12:04 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat pulled out of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open before teeing off in his second round.

The European Tour twitter feed reported, "Kiradech Aphibarnrat has been forced to retire from the #ABMO with a neck injury." No further details are known. This isn't a total surprise as the Thai had slumped to a 77 on Thursday. However, between a T6 at Bay Hill and a win in last month's Shenzhen International he did shoot 81-77 to miss the cut at the Texas Open so Aphibarnrat is a player who can hit the bogey train. In fact, if you want an example of hit-and-miss, check his last seven opening rounds: 77-71-67-81-70-67-80. For the time being, it appears as if his next scheduled start would be the BMW PGA Championship on May 21-24.
May 8 - 7:45 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat slots in at ninth on the Race to Dubai rankings going into this week's AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open.

He has only one other player from the top 30, George Coetzee, in opposition at Heritage GC so this is an obvious chance for the Thai to continue his excellent run of form. A winner in China two starts ago and also T6 at Bay Hill, Aphibarnrat is one of the headline acts at the first ever event to be tri-sanctioned by the European, Asian and Sunshine Tours. If his putter stays hot, he could be the one to beat and is a must for the 10-pick European Tour Fantasy game.
May 5 - 6:26 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnat has eyes on a second straight European Tour win after painting a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in round two of the Volvo China Open.

Last week's Shenzhen International winner moved from T15 to T4 after again keeping the bogeys away with a razor-sharp short game. So far this week, the Thai is 16-for-18 in scrambling and has taken just 50 swipes with the putter. "I’m not driving the ball as well as I did last week, but the rest of my game is in pretty good shape, especially my short game," said Aphibarnrat after reaching 5-under 139 at the midpoint, three shots off Julie Quesne's lead. "Mentally I’m still sharp and my confidence is high, so I just have to keep it up." Today's round featured five birdies and a single bogey.
Apr 24 - 6:40 AM

Last week's Shenzhen winner Kiradech Aphibarnrat smoke-and-mirrored his way to a 1-under-par 37-34-71 in the first round of the Volvo China Open.

The Thai hit just nine greens in regulation at Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club but finished the day just three shots off the pace after getting up and down eight times. That meant the only bogey of his round came at the opening hole. It was pretty much a grind all day although he lifted the pressure with a birdie at 10 and by holing a huge putt for another par breaker at 14. Aphibarnrat, who sits 7th in the Race to Dubai, was also 3-for-3 in sand saves and took just 25 putts.
Apr 23 - 7:04 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat beat Chinese teenager Li Hao-Tong in a playoff to secure a dramatic win at the inaugural Shenzhen International.

The Thai posted a closing even-par 37-35=72 at Genzon GC to match Li's clubhouse target of 12-under 276 before returning to 18 and sinking a lengthy birdie putt to seal victory. Aphibarnrat looked to have blown his chances after slipping from two in front at start of play to two behind walking off 16. But at 17 he drained an 18-foot effort for eagle to gain a share of the lead again before parring the last to get himself into a playoff. This is Aphibarnrat's second European Tour title and first since the 2013 Maybank Malaysian Open. He said: "Special thanks to my caddie, he was always pushing me. When we were two behind on the last two holes he said you have not lost, we have not signed the scorecard yet and he was completely right. I had a chance to win in 72 holes but the putt in the playoff is the best putt I have ever made in my life." Aphibarnrat split 12 (of 14) fairways on Sunday and hit 15 greens in regulation but a cold putter (he needed 34 swishes) almost cost him.
Apr 19 - 7:30 AM