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Kiradech Aphibarnrat

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

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Two final round double bogeys did for the challenge of Kiradech Aphibarnrat at the BMW International Open at Gut Larchenhof.
The Thai player made a hat-trick of birdies from the fourth to briefly move 2 behind the leader Henrik Stenson, only for a 6 on the par-four ninth to derail his hopes. Three more birdies at 10, 13 and 15 were wiped out by a bogey at 12 and a 5 at the par-three 16th. Nonetheless he'll be pleased to have rediscovered his form, which had deserted him since mid-April (he had a best of T60 in his previous 5 starts). He will be concerned by his form around the greens however: he was 4-for-17 through the week for scrambling and 1-for-11 in the final 36 holes. His final round 1-under-par 35-36=71 left him on 10-under 276, T5 with Sergio Garcia. Jun 26 - 1:20 PM

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The third day of the BMW International Open at Gut Larchenhof was more or less a non-starter, as the leading 20 golfers never even teed off.

Play was suspended at 12 noon and the players never returned to the course. Just four hours and nine minutes of play was possible on day three. Round 3 will restart at 7.30am with the same order maintained for Round 4 but playing in threeballs. Henrik Stenson, Raphael Jacquelin and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, the 36-hole leaders, are scheduled to be the last group teeing off for their final rounds at 1.30pm.
Jun 25 - 1:25 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat flushed an 8-under-par 34-30=64 to head into the weekend in a three-way tie for the lead alongside Raphael Jacquelin and Henrik Stenson at the BMW International Open.

The big Thai has suffered a lull in form since making an impressive debut at Augusta National (T15); indeed he has a best of only T60 in five starts since the Masters. But he has bounced back to form in style at Gut Larchenhof and moved through the gears on Friday. There were 3 birdies and 1 bogey on the front nine, before he put his foot down after the turn with another five par breakers including an eagle-3 at the par-five 13th and back-to-back red numbers at 17 and 18. His 36-hole total of 11-under 133 pulled him level with Jacquelin and Stenson, who had finished in the morning wave, one ahead of Thorbjorn Olesen.
Jun 24 - 1:11 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat heads to the BMW International Open needing the good memories of last year to kick in, albeit on a different course.

The big Thai was T4 on event debut last year at Eichenried, but is yet to play any tournament golf at Gut Larchenhof. Nor does his recent form shout him as any sort of play. He was T15 on debut at Augusta National, since when it was all gone wrong: T65 when defending the Shenzhen International, missed cuts at Sawgrass and Las Colinas, T60 in the BMW PGA Championship and then another missed cut in last week’s US Open. The wider worry would be that there is no stand out feature of his game: every stat is struggling.
Jun 21 - 8:59 AM

After posting T15 on his Masters debut, Kiradech Aphibarnrat will look to make a similar impression when he pegs it up in his first U.S. Open this week.

The big Thai sets out at 2:09 p.m. ET on Thursday alongside K.T. Kim of South Korea and American Kevin Na. As well as his bright start at Augusta National, Aphibarnrat was also T25 when contesting the PGA Championship for the first time in 2013 so he has history when treading new ground in majors. The concern ahead of this week's tough test at Oakmont is that a recent dip in form will hamper him. The 26-year-old, who was T6 at Bay Hill earlier this year, has post-Augusta form which reads 65-MC-MC-60.
Source: USOpen.com
Jun 15 - 11:13 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat maintained his position on the leaderboard at the BMW PGA Championship after carding a 1-under-par 35-36=71 in Friday's second round.

Added to his opening 68, that puts the big Thai at 5-under 139 and currently T4 on the live leaderboard. Aphibarnrat, who trails pacesetter Danny Willett by five, put plenty of pressure on his short game today and couldn't always find an answer. After hitting 8 (of 14) fairways, the 26-year-old could only find 10 greens in regulation and he got up and down just 50% of the time. That led to bogeys at 3, 5, 10 and 16 but he was able to shoot under par for the day after racking up five birdies. They came at 4 and 6 on the front nine and at 11, 14 and 18 on the back.
May 27 - 8:57 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat found his groove again with a 4-under-par 33-35=68 on day one of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in England.

The Thai has had a mini dip in form since posting T16 at Augusta National but after missed cuts at The PLAYERS Championship and Byron Nelson, he's nicely placed here after circling five birdies against a single bogey at the West Course on Thursday. His dropped shot came at No. 3 but he was flawless after that and picked off birdies at 5, 7, 8, 10 and 15. In an impressive display of ball-striking, Aphibarnrat piped 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation. He's T8 on the leaderboard and just three behind Scott Hend, YE Yang and Joost Luiten.
May 26 - 3:36 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat heads to Virginia Water for his fourth start in the BMW PGA Championship looking to improve on form that has lost its focus since he left Augusta National in April.

Following a barnstorming 2015 season in which he claimed both the Shenzhen International and Paul Lawrie Match Play, it seemed a few weeks ago that the Thai was primed to take a big step forward onto the world stage. In fact he did just that in finishing T6 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and T15 at The Masters. It is since then that he has had some sort of hangover, going T61-MC-MC. To put that into perspective, before that short run he went 17-for-19. These back-to-back missed cuts are his first since July 2015 - in fact just prior to the Match Play win. His course form, however, is not great with two missed cuts. But he was T27 last year, thanks to some strong long game stats: he ranked sixth for Total Driving and eighth for Ball Striking.
May 24 - 8:56 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat will get his first look at TPC Sawgrass as he makes his debut at THE PLAYERS this week.

The Thai impressed with a T15 at the Masters before heading overseas to collect a T65 at the Shenzhen International. The top 15 was a career best for him in a major championship. On the PGA TOUR specifically, he is 4-for-4 this season in stroke-play events, but two of them were non-cut WGC events. Aphibarnrat's weapon of choice is his flat stick, which could come in handy this week as scrambling is a necessity around the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. Gamers should give him a look if salaries or deep rosters are involved in the decision.
Source: PGATOUR.com
May 9 - 10:55 PM

After a top 15 at the Masters, Kiradech Aphibarnrat should have plenty of confidence ahead of his title defense at the Sheshan International in China.

At just 25 years and 270 days, the Thai became the youngest Asian golfer to record multiple European Tour victories when winning this event in a play-off against Chinese teenage sensation Li Hao-Tong 12 months ago. That added to his 2013 Malaysian Open win while he would go on to triumph a second time in 2015 when landing the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play. Aphibarnrat has also been taking the eye in America recently thanks to T6 in the Arnold Palmer Invitational and T15 at Augusta National, his best finish in a major. There's every reason to believe he'll be one of the leading contenders again this week.
Apr 20 - 4:18 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat smoothed a 2-under-par 36-34=70 on day four of the 80th Masters to wrap his tournament debut on 3-over 291, up nine places on the live leaderboard to T14 and will be good for his best finish in a major championship. UPDATE: With play completed, Aphibarnrat finished in a two-way T15.

The Big Dolphin was making his maiden voyage at Augusta National and his seventh overall major appearance. His previous best was T25 on debut at the 2013 PGA Championship. The 26-year-old began Sunday's play on 5-over (T23) after opening in twin 72s and 77. He landed nine (of 14) fairways and managed 11 greens in regulation, posting 1.67 putts per GIR. The Thai escaped the final round without a three-putt after suffering thru six of them thru the first three rounds. His totals for the week: 1 eagle, 12 birdies (five in R4), 15 bogeys (three in R4), and one double-bogey.
Apr 10 - 4:39 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnat twirled an even-par 36-36=72 during the second round of the 80th Masters, reaching the midpoint at even-par 144.

Despite windy conditions, the Thai striped 11 (of 14) fairways and pelted 14 greens in regulation. An improvement of five GIR over round one. His flat stick wasn't brilliant but he made a few notable rolls. That includes an 11-footer to save par on the par-3 12th hole. Through 36 holes, Aphibarnrat has tallied five birdies, an eagle and seven bogeys. He currently sits at T13 on the live leaderboard, but with conditions so tough today this score may slide into the top 10 by day's end.
Apr 8 - 3:10 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat heads to Augusta National this week to play in his first Masters.

The 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion earned his spot by finishing in the top 50 of the OWGR following a two-win season on the European Tour in 2015. Now 37th, the Thai says he'll be picking the brains of compatriots Thongchai Jaidee and Prayad Marksaeng as he tries to suss out the intricacies of Augusta National. He arrives in good form after a T6 in the Arnold Palmer Invitational while he won two of his three duels at the WGC-Dell Match Play before losing to Dustin Johnson in a playoff to decide the group winner. Aphibarnrat's best major result is T25 in the 2013 PGA Championship while he's yet to contest a U.S. Open. He'll tee off at 12:00 local time on Thursday alongside Americans Brandt Snedeker and Keegan Bradley.
Source: Masters.com
Apr 6 - 4:44 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat dug himself out of an early hole to secure a 2-and-1 victory over Jimmy Walker in the first round of this week's World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play.

The Thai squared back-to-back bogeys to kick off his round at 2-down through two. He bounced back with a 16'11" birdie bomb at the par-4 third and squared the match with a par at the fourth hole. Walker flashed both sides of the coin as he birdied the next two holes before going on a four-hole bogey train to give Aphibarnrat a 2-hole lead. The Thai never looked back and escaped with a surprising win over the Texan who looked to have an advantage with local knowledge on his side.
Mar 23 - 6:06 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat smoothed a bogey-free 7-under-par 33-32=65 to wrap his second Arnold Palmer Invitational on 11-under 277, up 24 spots on the live leaderboard to T6 and matching the low round in the tournament thus far with three others.

Aphibarnrat was T6 here last year in his tourney debut (70-71-65-69) and arrived off a missed cut on home soil at last week's Thailand Open. The week prior, he went for T49 at the WGC-Cadillac so the big Thai has had a whirlwind, worldwide tour the last three weeks. The 26-year-old, in the field this week via the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking (No. 46), began his final frame on 4-under (T30), a distant 11 in arrears of 54-hole leader Jason Day, but just four off the overnight top 10. He split 10 (of 14) fairways, hit a week-best 15 greens in regulation, and circled seven birdies to post 1.600 putts per GIR and at last check, a 1.922 in strokes gained: putting. Aphibarnrat's career best in 18 prior PGA TOUR events is T3 at the 2013-14 CIMB.
Mar 20 - 3:32 PM