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Kiradech Aphibarnrat

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/23/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'8" / 229

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Kiradech Aphibarnrat has some positive memories of his only Masters appearance in 2016 after finishing T15 and he'll head back to Augusta National Golf Club for another crack this week.
The Thai opened with a pair of 72s two years ago and, after a difficult 77 on Saturday, responded with a 2-under 70 in the final round to claim a spot in the top 15 and complete a very satisfactory week. Now at a career-high 29th in the OWGR, Aphibarnrat has plenty of good recent form under his belt after winning the European Tour's World Super 6 Perth in February, posting T5 in the WGC-Mexico Championship and reaching the quarter-finals of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. Drilling down, he ranked 1st for Scrambling in Mexico and was 10th in that category at Augusta National in 2016 so Aphibarnrat has the necessary short-game skills for more success at this venue. The Asian star is a very legitimate addition to any fantasy team this week. Apr 1 - 9:42 AM

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Kiradech Aphibarnrat birdied the final two holes to come from 1-down walking off 16 to beat Charles Howell III 1-up in a dramatic Round of 16 clash at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Texas. UPDATE: Aphibarnrat lost 5-and-3 to Bubba Watson in the quarters and finished with a 4-1-0 record for T5, his second top 10 in 13 WGCs and second straight (T5, 2018 Mexico). He bumps three places to a career-high 29th in OWGR.

The Thai hadn't led at any point in their morning contest at Austin CC but he holed from 8ft 9" at 17 to level things up and drained the winning putt from almost identical distance to get his head in front on the line. Howell needed to advance to the semis to book his place in The Masters and was on course to do so after reaching the turn 2-up after winning birdies at 1, 5 and 9. Aphibarnrat was 2-over for that front nine but found four par breakers in the final seven holes to turn the match around. Having won the 2015 Paul Lawrie Match Play and 2017 World Super 6 Perth in 2018, this is further confirmation that he loves this format. He'll play Bubba Watson in the last eight.
Mar 24 - 1:06 PM

28-seed Kiradech Aphibarnrat brushed aside 3-seed Jon Rahm 4-and-3 in round-robin action on Friday and advances to the Round of 16 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

The 28-year-old breezed through Group 3 with a 3-0-0 record while top seed in the pod Rahm had been eliminated on Thursday and departs with a 0-2-1 record. Aphibarnrat, making his third appearance, moves on to his first weekend action and will face off against Group 14 winner and 59-seed Charles Howell III. He never trailed against the Spaniard and in fact, didn't lose a single hole, taking a 1 UP lead with birdie-2 at hole 4 (from 14'11") and never looking back. The 4-time winner on the Euro Tour went 2 UP with a concession at 6 and won 8 with par, now 3 UP. Rahm didn't record his first (and lone) birdie until the 13th, but the Thai golfer matched, and went 4 UP with his third circle at the par-4 14th (19'6"). The festivities would end one hole later with matching 2-putt pars.
Mar 23 - 3:06 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnat's penchant for solo combat stood out again in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin CC, the No. 28 seed winning the final two holes with birdies to take down Keegan Bradley 1-up and move to 2-0-0 in Group 3.

With the Thai putting two points on the board, Bradley (45th seed) and Jon Rahm (3rd seed) are now officially eliminated after earning just half a point each from their opening two matches. Aphibarnrat ended the opening nine 1-up after winning 1, 3 and 6 (15 feet) with birdies but mixed three bogeys with another two birdies coming home to be hauled back to all-square after 15. Bradley then won 16 with a birdie to go 1-up with two to play but the Asian star wouldn't be denied and put his tee-shot to 6ft 4" for a winning birdie at 17 and won the match with a fist-pump after draining his 13ft 1" birdie putt at 18. His last two wins on the European Tour have come using a match play format so he's definitely a dangerman.
Mar 22 - 6:23 PM

Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat will look to transfer his fine head-to-head record into success at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play hosted by Austin Country Club.

The World No. 32 has a strong pro record in the match play format (10-5-2) but that is largely off the back of winning the 2015 Paul Lawrie Match Play. In this tournament he is 2-2, but 2-1 at the venue where, in 2016, he scored victories over Robert Streb and Jimmy Walker, but was dumped 5-and-4 by Dustin Johnson, thus failing to progress from the group stage. A recent winner of the World Super 6 Perth (5-0 in six hole matches), he proved himself apparently impervious to pressure, playing a sudden death hole no less than 12 times through the week. He is ranking sixth for SG: Tee to Green (+1.925) on the ET this season but a lowly 172nd for SG: Putting (-0.410). He plays Group 3 with with Jon Rahm, Keegan Bradley and opening match opponent Chez Reavie. "My last two wins were match play events so I’m not worried," he said after the draw. "It fits my aggressive style of play."
Mar 20 - 4:58 AM

Worldwide traveler Kiradech Aphibarnrat touches down in Florida this week for the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando.

The big Thai golfer would appear to hold all the aces this week. Vibes? He said last year: "I just like the greens. I mean I putted so well this week, no three-putt at all in the score." Course record? Two appearances, both times carding a 65 at the weekend, both times ending the week T6. European Tour form? Won the World Super 6 Perth on his last outing. WGC form? T5 in the Mexico Championship two weeks ago. Current form? Won last week's Richard Mille Brunei Championship. Hang on: Where? Yes, that last result came, rather obscurely, on the Asian Development Tour. Noble of him to support it, but it means his last month has seen him fly Malaysia-Perth-Florida-Mexico-Brunei-Florida. 34,000 air miles total so if he can add another T6 on top of all that someone needs to discover his jet lag secret.
Mar 13 - 7:16 AM

World No. 40 Kiradech Aphibarnrat styled a career-tying-best 6-under-par 32-33=65 in the final round of the WGC-Mexico Championship to finish up on 13-under 271, up six places to T5, three shy of a playoff involving Justin Thomas and eventual champ Phil Mickelson. UPDATE: Aphibarnrat jumps four spots to a career-high 36th in OWGR.

This was the 28-year-old's 30th career TOUR start with a best of T3 at the 2014 CIMB Classic. It's his first top 10 in his 12th WGC event, brushing aside a T18 at the 2016 Match Play. His previous-best stroke-play WGC was T24 at this season's HSBC. After opening in 66-69-71, the Thai began T11 on 7-under, two short of the overnight top 10. He hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 1.685 strokes around-the-green, currently No. 1 in the latter with a cumulative 4.828. Aphibarnrat, who's a 4-time winner on the European Tour, posted 1.583 putts per GIR and 2.287 SG: Putting with 24 total putts. This is his fourth PGA TOUR top 10, first since T6 at the 2016 Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Mar 4 - 5:23 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 40 Kiradech Aphibarnrat stalled out to a 2-under-par 37-32=69 in the second round of the WGC-Mexico Championship for a 36-hole total of 7-under 135, four in arrears of leader Shubhankar Sharma.

The 28-year-old began the day T5 and that's where he ended after misfiring on his inward half. He went out in bogey-free 4-under, ticking two birdies at 13 and 18 and a pitch-in eagle-3 at 15 from 44'6" away. The Thai took the outright lead on 10-under after a 2-putt birdie-3 at 1, but played his final eight holes in birdie-less 3-over, squaring 2 (3-putt from 35'0"), 5 (3-putt fom 64'9") and 8. He mustered six (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, posting a pedestrian 1.857 putts per GIR and -0.663 SG: Putting, needing 31 total putts.
Mar 2 - 6:51 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat breezed through Club de Golf Chapultepec during round one of the WGC-Mexico Championship, penciling a 5-under-par 32-34=66 which puts him in a share of third place on the live leaderboard.

Aphibarnrat did well to manage the course today, missing just three (of 14) fairways en route to 13 greens in regulation. From there, he sprinkled a trio of putts from the 9-to-12 foot range while also adding three more from close range. Overall, this was a boring round but boring is good, especially on this week's golf course where there are plenty of big numbers lurking if you get out of position. The Big Thai's career-best finish on the PGA TOUR is a T3 at the 2013 CIMB Classic. He would love to keep his pace up for three more rounds and set a new personal best on the big stage.
Mar 1 - 5:49 PM

A sensational eagle-birdie finish saw Kiradech Aphibarnrat claim a 2-and-1 victory over James Nitties and with it the World Super 6 Perth title at Lake Karrinyup CC in Perth, Australia.

Remarkably, in a week of short form golf, the big Thai played no less than 93 holes (the 18th 15 times!). He played at pace and thrived on repeatedly being faced by holes he couldn't afford to lose. He required a four hole play-off after 54 holes just to get to Sunday, beat Ben Eccles in the first round (1 hole), needed 11 holes in round two to get past Yusaku Miyazato (5th Super Hole), his quarter-final went to the last hole before he overhauled Sean Crocker and even his semi-final was extended as he defeated Lucas Herbert (1st Super Hole). In the final he made bogey at No. 1 and failed to get up-and-down at the second to lie 1-down. But a safe par when Nitties was in trouble at the third got him back in it, he sensed weakness in his opponent and pressed. He drove the 330-yard par-4 fourth and drained the 6'0" putt to go 1-up then made birdie-2 at the fifth from 10'0" and punched the air in celebration: no need to play 18 yet again.
Feb 11 - 3:53 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat looked set to emerge from day two of the World Super 6 Perth in Australia as the 36-hole leader but four late bogeys meant he had to settle for an even-par 33-39=72 and a share of eighth spot on 5-under 139 at the midpoint.

That's three swings more than leaders Lee Westwood and Brett Rumford. The Thai had opened with 67 on Thursday and cruised into the lead on 9-under today thanks to red circles at 11, 14, 15 and 2 after he'd started his day at the 10th. All looked good. But a bogey-6 at 3 sparked a run of four straight dropped shots as he tumbled back to 5-under before parring his way to the finish line. He's still inside the top 24 who qualify for Sunday's matchplay but the margin of error has now diminished as there are nine players in T21 just two strokes back of Aphibarnrat at 3-under. Having won the Paul Lawrie Match Play in 2015, he'll be hugely disappointed if he fails to get the chance to show off his head-to-head skills on Sunday.
Feb 9 - 6:30 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat got his World Super 6 Perth campaign off to a strong start with an opening lap of 5-under-par 31-36=67 at Lake Karrinyup CC in Perth, Australia.

The big Thai's round was a bit of a three-stage curio, taking in an explosive start, a to-and-fro middle period, and a steady finish. He burst from the blocks in magnificent style, ticking five of the first six holes, including an opening salvo of four on the bounce (the last from fully 35'0") before he added another at No. 6. He then went bogey-birdie at 7 and 8, then 10 and 11, before settling down with seven straight pars to conclude. It marks a return to his fast-start ways of the 2017 season, when he was eight times top ten after 18 holes in 25 appearances on the European Tour. In his four efforts this season he had a previous best of T30. His 67 left him three swings back of the R1 leader Brett Rumford. He missed only one fairway
Feb 8 - 5:11 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat narrowly missed a lot of putts, but holed enough to post a final round 5-under-par 35-32=67 to finish T2 on 18-under 270 in the DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai, just one back of the winner Jon Rahm.

The Thai golfer could hardly believe how a series of fine putts refused to drop during his final lap, but he maintained composure and patience. On the front nine he ticked 2 and 8, but made a bogey at No. 9. The back nine was pure one way traffic. He made back-to-back red at 10 and 11, gasped at missed putts on the following holes, secured another par breaker at the 15th, then completed his week's work with birdie-4 at the last. It's his first top 20 finish in four tries at this event and his third top ten finish in the Middle East in 2017. He ended the day alongside Shane Lowry.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017 07:28:00 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat finished like a train at the Earth Course in Jumeirah to complete a third round 5-under-par 36-31=67 and claim T4 on 13-under 203 with 18 holes to play in the DP World Tour Championship.

The Thai player appeared out of the running for the title with five holes to play, yet thrashed the back nine to pull himself just two swings back of the 54-hole leader Justin Rose. His front nine witnessed one birdie at the second and a bogey at the fifth. He swapped again early in the back nine (at 11 and 12) - he was treading water on a day when the field was charging. Yet he was merely waiting his turn. He gobbled up the par-5 14th, then par-4 15th and 16th. At 17 he took dead aim with a birdie chance from 8'0" and drained it. On the par-5 final hole his approach missed the green right and he used soft hands to execute a beautiful up-and-down on a green sloping away from him and towards water.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 08:09:00 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat is bogey-free through 36 holes of the DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai; he shot a second round 5-under-par 33-34=67 for 8-under 136 at halfway and T3.

The Thai player has made serene progress thus far and will hope to maintain it because in two of his three previous visits he held a top ten position early in the week, but is still seeking a top ten finish. It's also a reminder of his fine form having collected two top sixes in his last four starts. Having made 15 pars and three birdies on the first lap, Friday witnessed 13 pars and five birdies, at 3, 6, 7, 11 and 18. 21st in the Race to Dubai a high finish this week could help him earn a share of the prize pool for finishing top ten in the season's rankings. He is two back of the leader Matthew Fitzpatrick.
Fri, Nov 17, 2017 08:01:00 AM