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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 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. Nov 19 - 7:28 AM

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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.
Nov 18 - 8:09 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.
Nov 17 - 8:01 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat jumped into a tie for the lead at the Turkish Airlines Open after authoring a bogey-free 5-under-par 32-34=66 in Saturday's third round at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort.

The Thai occupies top spot with Shane Lowry on 14-under 199, the duo two shots clear of halfway leader Nicolas Colsaerts, Justin Rose and Padraig Harrington. Aphibarnrat drained a lengthy putt at 4 for his first birdie of the day and added another at the par-5 7th hole. As Colsaerts found trouble, Aphibarnrat pushed on again with a birdie at 12, another from five feet at 13 and a final red number from eight feet at 16. This is the sixth time he's held the lead/co-lead after 54 holes on the European Tour. The World No. 95 has converted twice. The stats show him ranked second in both recorded putting categories (1.577 Putts Per Gir and 26 Putts Per Round) so far this week.
Nov 4 - 10:27 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat drained a 20-foot putt for birdie at the 18th hole to finish off a 4-under-par 32-35=67 and move to 9-under 133 through two rounds of the Turkish Airlines Open, currently good enough for solo third although five behind four-shot leader Nicolas Colsaerts.

The Thai actually birdied seven holes today compared to six in an opening 66 but there were three blemishes on his card too. The first 10 holes of his second lap at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort were a real mixed bag as he traded four birdies with bogeys and three pars. The wild ride started with a birdie at the opener followed by a square at 2 and continued in the same fashion. But coming home Aphibarnrat cut out the bad stuff and pushed on with red circles at 11, 15 and 18 to move up three spots to third place.
Nov 3 - 9:45 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat twirled a 5-under-par 31-35=66 in his opening lap at the Turkish Airlines Open, ending round one in a tie for fifth spot.

The Thai has been bursting out of the blocks in recent weeks with his last four opening rounds reading 65, 64, 70 and 66. He added another 66 today after registering six birdies against a single bogey to finish the day just two shots behind co-leaders Nicolas Colsaerts, Haydn Porteous and Joost Luiten. Aphibarnrat, a runner-up in Italy two starts ago, made his first birdie of the day at 4 and added further red at 5, 8, 11, 12 and 15. His only blemish came at the par-4 17th hole. He told europeantour.com: "Really comfortable with the way I'm swinging the last two or three months. The way I'm playing, it's just really confident and just want to keep going into the last events." He's currently 22nd on the Race to Dubai.
Nov 2 - 10:47 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat stumbled on the back nine and had to settle for a 2-under-par 34-36=70 on day two of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China but that was still enough to secure him a spot in the penultimate three-ball for Saturday's third round.

At 9-under 135, the Thai is tied for third although that's four shots behind World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who came sailing past with a best-of-the-day 63. Aphibarnrat poured in 10 birdies on his opening lap and added another five at Sheshan International today. He mixed two red numbers (2 and 6) with seven pars on a solid opening nine but gave them back in one go when swallowing double bogey-5 at the par-3 12th hole. The Asian star quickly made amends with red circles at 14, 16 and 17 but hopes of a grandstand finish were thwarted by a bogey-6 at the 18th. Aphibarnrat's numbers look good through two rounds. He's second in Driving Accuracy, has hit over 80% of greens in regulation (T5) and is 4th for Putts Per Gir.
Oct 27 - 4:57 AM

In-form Kiradech Aphibarnrat produced a remarkable burst of scoring in Thursday's opening round at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, thrashing 10 birdies in a 7-under-par 33-32=65 to end the opening lap just a single shot behind leader Brooks Koepka.

The Thai has picked off five top 20s in his last six starts on the European Tour and finished runner-up at the Italian Open two weeks ago. He continued that hot play at Sheshan International today although it was a mixed start after he traded bogeys at 11 and 15 with birdies at 13 and 14. And then he went mad. Starting with a birdie at 16, Aphibarnrat would reel off seven on the spin. That run concluded with a two-putt circle at 3, an eight footer to give him the temporary lead at 4 and a monster putt on 5 to take the streak to seven. He gave another shot back at 5 but holed from 18 feet at 8 to register a 10th birdie of the day. He'd never previously broken 68 in 12 previous rounds at Sheshan but beat that by three today after hitting 14 greens in regulation and taking just 25 putts.
Oct 26 - 4:12 AM

For the second time in six weeks, Kiradech Aphibarnrat paid the price for a late double-bogey as his 6-under-par 32-33=65 for a 20-under 264 was a shot short of the winning total in the Italian Open.

Aphibarnrat was ahead by one heading to the 16th, but missed the green in two and took four to get down as he fell one behind Ross Fisher’s target. A classy birdie at the 17th was not quite enough for the three-time European Tour winner, whose birdie try at the final hole lacked the pace needed to trouble the cup. Aphibarnrat made double at the 72nd hole of the recent KLM Open when a birdie at the par 5 would’ve forced a playoff and this was another chance for him to earn a first win since joining the Pete Cowen coaching stable. Still, it was another move in the right direction for the 28-year-old as he looks to move back inside the world’s top 100.
Oct 15 - 12:28 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat cruised Golf Club Milano in bogey-free 7-under-par 31-33=64 to set the early target on day one of the Italian Open.

With scoring low again at the par 71, the Thai's 64 was later matched by home hero Francesco Molinari, Sweden's Alexander Bjork and Welshman Jamie Donaldson while the afternoon wave are likely to challenge it too. Still, that's a great first lap for Aphibarnrat, who made birdies on three of the par 3s today. Two of those came at 10 and 12 after he'd started on the course's back nine and he added further circles at 14 and 17 to turn in 31. With his putter hot, Aphibarnrat picked up another shot at No. 1 and then holed a 25-footer for a third birdie-2 of the day at the third. He drained one more lengthy putt to tick 4 and closed with five pars to complete an excellent morning's work in his very first round at the course. It's no surprise to see him topping the leaderboard though as the three-time European Tour winner came into the event with four top 20s in his last five starts. This is his seventh week in a row so we'll have to see if he can keep it going.
Oct 12 - 7:48 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat raced out of the blocks this morning and fired a 6-under-par 31-35=66 at St. Andrews in round two of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, posting the clubhouse lead of 8-under 136.

After an opening 70 at Kingsbarns was compromised by four bogeys, the Thai dropped just one shot today and that, of all places, came at the Old Course's shot par-4 18th hole. All looked well after he drove just short of the green but, after a poor second, he three-putted to end his round on a sour note. However, let's not dwell on that as there was plenty of good stuff. Aphibarnrat set out with an opening circle and then caught fire with five red numbers in six holes (5, 6, 8, 9 and 10). He continued his climb with another gain at 15 and made a superb par save at the Road Hole 17th before his unfortunate slip at the last. The man who won the Paul Lawrie Match Play two years ago will go into the weekend in good position to win his second European Tour title on Scottish soil. It begins with a trip to Carnoustie tomorrow before a return to the Old Course on Sunday.
Oct 6 - 10:14 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat fired a third round 5-under-par 31-35=66 to claim the 54-hole lead in the KLM Open at The Dutch in Spijk, The Netherlands on 14-under 199, one swing clear of Romain Wattel.

The 28-year-old three-time European Tour winner eased into the lead with a low front nine and then consolidated with a fighting back nine, but notably kept any dropped shots from his card. He ticked four holes in five on the way to the turn at 4, 6, 7 and 8 (from 18’0"), then the coup de grace, which earned him that narrow advantage, came at the 18th with a 30’0" birdie conversion. The Thai golfer is hoping to revive a season that has seen him take on a new coach and which started with two Desert Swing top tens before spluttering for the most part, although he was a promising T16 last week in Crans. He didn’t play this course 12 months ago but it is a Colin Montgomerie design and he does boast a T3 on the Maxx Royal track in Turkey which Monty is also behind. This is the third time Aphibarnrat has held the solo lead with 18 holes to play in a European Tour event and he is 2-for-2, although he failed twice on the Asian Tour.
Sep 16 - 1:00 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat hung up a 6-under-par 33-32=65 in his second round at the KLM Open in the Netherlands, reaching 9-under 133 at the midpoint and taking a two-shot clubhouse lead over Lee Westwood.

Bad weather meant the Thai had to return to The Dutch early Friday and, after slipping to 1-over at the turn, he found four birdies coming home for a 3-under 68. Following a brief rest, he came out for his second round and splashed seven birdies against a single bogey. The dropped shot came at 11 but, after that, he really hit his straps, birdieing all four par 5s (13, 15, 18 and 6) along with further gains at 17 and 5. We'll have to see where he sits at the end of round two as the delays mean Friday's scheduled afternoon wave will have to complete Saturday. Nevertheless, this is a continuation of the solid form he showed in Switzerland last week when carding 69-69-69-66 for T16.
Sep 15 - 11:15 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat scored the most recent of his three European Tour wins in Scotland; he returns there for this week's Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Dundonald Links.

That victory came in the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play event in 2015 when he beat Sweden's Robert Karlsson in the final at Murcar Links Golf Club in Aberdeen. The big Thai also showed his liking for links golf in Scotland later that year. Despite an opening 75, he fired 63-66-69 to grab fourth place at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. He's missed his last three cuts in this event but a new course will enable him to wipe the slate clean. As for current form, it's somewhat mixed. He was T14 at Wentworth and T12 in the BMW International Open in Germany but in his last two starts he suffered a DQ after an opening 78 in the Open de France before missing the cut (74-75) in last week's Irish Open.
Jul 12 - 4:25 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat badly needs to arrest a terrible first round record if he is to complete in the Open de France at Le Golf National in Paris this week.

A season that began in such style, with back-to-back top tens in Abu Dhabi and Qatar, feels like it has drifted off somewhat, as a ranking of 47th on the Race to Dubai would imply. And yet quietly he has racked up another four top 25 finishes. Moreover, since heading home and logging T6 at the Asian Tour’s Thailand Open, he has bubbled, hinting that there is more to come soon. He was T8 after 54 holes in the BMW PGA Championship (finished T14) and T6 after 18 holes last week in Germany (finished T12). Less simmering-like is his record on the course. In fact in three visits he has never once been ranked inside the top 100 after 18 holes, and only once recovered the make the weekend, when T43 in 2014. In fact, although he averages 69.00 in round two at Le Golf National, his mean first lap is a whopping 78.00.
Jun 27 - 6:46 AM