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Age / DOB:  () / 1/1/2050

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Kiradech Aphibarnrat withdrew from the PGA Championship during his second round due to a knee injury.
The Thai completed seven holes today in 4-over-par with one birdies and five bogeys. He walked off after penciling in a 6 at the par-5 seventh. He was 5-over through 25 holes. It's an ignominious end to a PGA TOUR season that was sparked by a T3 at the CIMB Classic and chatter of him chasing Special Temporary Membership for which he fell short by 61 FedExCup points. He's logged only two top 25s worldwide in 2014. Aug 8 - 12:18 PM

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Kiradech Aphibarnrat turns his attention to Valhalla Golf Club for this week's PGA Championship.

The Barn Rat impressed in his 2013 PGA Championship debut, posting a 2-under 68 in the opening round, and ultimately finishing T25 for the week. Look further and you'll notice how much his form has declined this year. Prior to his 2013 PGA start, he had posted eight top 25s, including a win on the European Tour. This year, the Thai has just two top 25s, worldwide, with the latest coming in April. It would be best to avoid Aphibarnrat until form resurfaces.
Aug 5 - 9:46 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat is set for his first appearance at the Memorial Tournament.

Aphibarnrat was on the radar of many gamers after a third-place finish at the CIMB Classic early in the 2013-14 PGA TOUR season, but the non-member has gone relatively quiet since. With 209 FedExCup points, he enters Muirfield Village a modest 69 points shy of Special Temporary Membership. He's missed three of his last four worldwide cuts, so form is a question mark this week.
May 27 - 8:37 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat debuts at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship against Henrik Stenson.

Aphibarnrat was the last player to make his way into the field, and his reward as the 16th seed in the Bobby Jones bracket is a tee time against Henrik Stenson. This has the makings of a big upset, as Stenson has bowed out of this event in the first round in each of his last four tries. Keep an eye on this one.
Feb 18 - 9:26 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat easily finished atop the Order of Merit on the Asian Tour, thus earning an exemption into The Open Championship.

The Barn Rat banked $1,127,855.61. That's $529,955.00 more than Scott Hend in second place. The Thai picked off a lucrative victory early in the season in Malaysia and complemented it with six-figure paydays at the Avantha Masters (solo fourth), CIMB Classic (T3) and World Cup of Golf (T5). Instead of concluding his season at this week's King's Cup Golf Hua Hin in his homeland, he missed the cut on the number at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. He'll be making his second appearance at The Open Championship (MC, 2013).
Jan 19 - 7:16 PM

Contrary to what was previously believed, Kiradech Aphibarnrat is short of qualifying for Special Temporary Membership [STM] on the PGA TOUR.

The confusion was grounded in the previous formula for qualification versus the new path now that FedExCup points have taken root to define membership. In two starts, Aphibarnrat has earned 176.00 FedExCup points and $452,250.00. Effective for the 2013-14 season, non-members qualify for STM with only FedExCup points. (The old method used earnings.) So, while the Thai upstart has already surpassed what Ben Kohles earned in dollars as the 150th-ranked golfer in 2013, Aphibarnrat remains 102.29 FedExCup points short of what Justin Bolli totaled at No. 150 in 2013. Therefore, the only goal for all non-members to achieve STM in 2013-14 is to reach 278.29 FedExCup points.
Thu, Nov 7, 2013 12:53:00 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat completed 72 holes of the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in 1-under-par 69-78-68-72=287 to finish with a share of 55th place with five others.

Aphibarnrat holed 19 birdies but squared 10 bogeys and four doubles in what was third appearance in the event. The good news is that he banked $46,250.00. Added to his haul of $406,000.00 in Malaysia last week, he's totaled $452,250.00. That's $32,834.00 more than what was required to secure Special Temporary Membership [STM] on the PGA TOUR. STM provides three primary benefits: 1) Unlimited starts; 2) Unlimited sponsor exemptions; 3) Spot in the Beyond 150 Reshuffle. Now, his top 10 at the CIMB procured an exemption into next week's McGladrey Classic, but he's elected not to compete. Given the location of his home base and that he's No. 1 in earnings on the Asian Tour, expect him to finish what he started on that circuit before turning his attention to a U.S.-based schedule. He also has to officially accept STM and receive sponsor exemptions; however, he's not only evolved quickly into an intriguing fantasy investment, he's also a unique talent that many sponsors would likely covet.
Sun, Nov 3, 2013 04:47:00 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat posted a 3-under-par 33-36=69 in his opening round of the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.

At the time he signed his card, he held an early share of the clubhouse lead, but he really should be out front alone. The Thai, who is coming off a T3 at the CIMB Classic to earn an exemption into next week's McGladrey Classic if he wants it, buried seven birdies at Sheshan International in Shanghai, China, today. However, he swallowed double bogeys on the par-3 fourth and par-4 15th holes. Still, given how pure he strikes the ball, he should continue to occupy space on the leaderboard.
Thu, Oct 31, 2013 02:10:00 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat polished off the CIMB Classic with a 2-under-par 33-37=70 and finished one stroke too high to join the playoff for the title.

After opening with a bogey-5 at the first hole, Aphibarnrat converted four birdies on his next five holes to generate chatter of a early contender for Story of the Year. Alas, the well dried up and he played out the string in birdie-free 1-over to share third place with Chris Stroud. Each will pocket $406,000 and 162.5 FedExCup points. Those are important measurements for the Thai as it leaves him just $13,416 shy of qualifying for Special Temporary Membership. (He's also 115.5 FedExCup points from qualifying, but the prize money in Kuala Lumpur was worth more relatively speaking.) He'll be guaranteed a payday at next week's WGC-HSBC Champions where last year's 77th-place finisher (of 78; one withdrew) earned $25,500.00.
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 06:49:00 AM

The first word from the CIMB Classic regarding Kiradech Aphibarnrat's potential rules violation came courtesy of the Asian Tour's Twitter page.

The single tweet stated: "Rules officials clear Kiradech Aphibarnrat of any rules infringement. His 69 stands and he's just one shot off the lead at the @CIMBClassic." So there you go. It's time to turn the page and focus on the finale in Kuala Lumpur.
Sat, Oct 26, 2013 04:06:00 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat signed for a 3-under-par 32-37=69 following his third round of the CIMB Classic to post 11-under 205 and sit one stroke adrift of the 54-hole co-leaders.

He continues to lace the ball, splitting another 10 (of 14) fairways and hitting 15 greens in regulation today. He's totaled 33 (of 42) fairways to rank T3 in accuracy, and he leads the field in GIR with 45. Aphibarnrat played the par 5s today in bogey-free 4-under with an eagle and two birdies, but he nearly unraveled following an interesting situation at the par-4 13th hole. With his ball in the left portion of the fairway, he appeared to sole his club behind the ball before backing off and asking for a rules official. The unofficial word (at this late hour in the U.S.) is that the ball moved but he claimed not to have grounded his club. A broadcaster for Golf Channel, which was airing live at the time, stated that Aphibarnrat was to review the video before signing his scorecard. As of this moment, it still illustrates a 4 on the hole. (His approach landed just right of the hole from where he got up and in.) However, he then suffered a double-bogey 6 at 14 before parring home.
Sat, Oct 26, 2013 03:45:00 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat answered his opening 67 at the CIMB Classic with a 3-under-par 33-36=69 to post 8-under 136 at the halfway point, one stroke off the early 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Aphibarnrat flashed a terrific ball-striking today. He split all but one fairway and totaled 16 greens in regulation en route to four birdies against one bogey. He opened his walk with his first three par breakers at Nos. 1-3, and then walked off 18 with his fourth birdie. Should Aphibarnrat or any other non-member take the title in Kuala Lumpur this weekend, he will become immediately eligible for the FedExCup and the points earned will become official.
Fri, Oct 25, 2013 12:45:00 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat carded a 5-under-par 31-36=67 in his opening round of the CIMB Classic, finishing four strokes off the clubhouse lead.

The Thai won on this course in March. The Maybank Malaysian Open was truncated to 54 holes due to inclement weather, but he's the only guy that could make it two wins on the same course in the same calendar year. He opened with a birdie at the par-5 10th but erased it with a bogey-5 at 16, and would make the turn in even. But Aphibarnrat turned on the jets and found five birdies coming home. He totaled 10 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation in his walk around the West Course at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.
Thu, Oct 24, 2013 02:11:00 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat shifts his focus to the CIMB Classic as the leader of the Asian Tour Order of Merit.

This should be a comfortable week for Aphibarnrat, as the was the winner at the 2013 Maybank Malaysian Open which was contested at this week's venue of Kualu Lumpur Golf & Country Club. Given the fresh course history and form that has him leading the Order of Merit, he should be on the radar of serious gamers.
Tue, Oct 22, 2013 09:06:00 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat carded a 2-under-par 34-34=68 in his opening round of the PGA Championship.

After a strong opening 36 hole at Firestone last week, the Thai faded to finish with a share of 40th place. Undeterred, he offset a lone bogey at Oak Hill today with three birdies and finished two strokes off the early clubhouse lead.
Thu, Aug 8, 2013 01:11:00 PM