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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 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

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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

Kiradech Aphibarnrat cruised Wentworth's West Course in 5-under-par 31-36=67 to take a piece of the clubhouse lead alongside Scott Jamieson on day one of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

The Thai was quick out of the blocks today, scribbling circles at four of his opening seven holes. Those birdies came at 2, 5, 6 and 7. After turning in just 31, he picked up further shots at 12 and 13 to go clear of the field on 6-under but made his only bogey of the round at the par-3 14th. With the two closing par 5s to come, Aphibarnrat would have hoped to splash further red but he needed five swings at 17 and, at the last, left his putt for birdie and the outright lead in the jaws. Still, that's a fine morning's work and, having shot an opening 68 but only finished T60 last year, he'll hope to make a better job of the remaining 54 holes this time.
May 25 - 7:15 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat drained the winning putt as Thailand poured on the pressure to defeat Scotland 3-1 and win Group B at the GolfSixes hosted by the Centurion Club.

The Scottish pairing of Richie Ramsay and Marc Warren made an eagle-2 at the 546-yard par-5 final hole, but by then it was too late - the Thai pair, heaed by vetran Thongchai Jaidee, had confirmed victory going 3-0 up on the fifth green. It was a commanding performance by Aphibarnat and Jaidee, who needed the win to confirm participation in the quarter finals. They made birdies at each of the first two holes to take a 2-0 lead. A third birdie at the next was only good for the half, as was a par at the fourth, but when Jaidee finished pin high at the 136-yard par-3 fifth, but 12'0" from the flag, Aphibarnrat walked the putt in. The Scottish pair might have lost the match, but they had done enough to progress. Thailand will play Australia, the second team in Group C in the last eight.
May 6 - 11:33 AM

2015 Shenzhen International winner Kiradech Aphibarnrat returns to Genzon GC looking to rediscover the excellent form he started the 2017 season with.

In the (short) off season the big Thai player joined the ranks of golfers whose swings are overlooked by Pete Cowan and the immediate results were superb: T4 in Abu Dhabi and T9 in Qatar. But missed weekends followed in Dubai and Malaysia before he had a solid T22 on the tricky layout in Delhi at the Indian Open. The five week lay off since might have allowed him to bed in the changes and return to that excellent form – and a course that he has won on would be a good spot to do so. Back in 2015 he built a 2-shot 54-hole lead before being passed by Haotong Li. Trailing by two on the 17th he made eagle to draw level and then drained a 20-foor putt to win on the first extra hole. Twelve months later he was T65 at the course, his inability to break par the cause for not finishing higher.
Apr 17 - 10:54 AM

After a four-year gap, Kiradech Aphibarnat returns to the country where he posted his first Asian Tour win and goes for glory at this week's Hero Indian Open.

That victory came at the 2011 SAIL Open and is the standout result in an impressive bank of form in India which shows T4 at the 2013 Avantha Masters on his last visit and four other top 25s. Like virtually everyone in the field, Aphibarnat is seeing the Gary Player course at the DLF Golf & Country Club for the first time and told "I can’t imagine this course is in Asia, or in India. It should be a course in Europe. It’s in such good condition from tee to green, some of the greens can be too tough but it’s going to provide the challenge this week. On this course, you have to stay out of trouble. It’s narrow and the greens are tough." The Thai was T4 in Abu Dhabi and T9 in Qatar during a hot January but has missed his last two cuts. He'll play in the star three-ball for the first two days alongside local hero Anirban Lahiri and Spain's Rafa-Cabrera Bello.
Mar 8 - 7:46 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat lit up the back nine to complete a second round 2-under-par 38-32=70 which helped him join the large group of co-leaders at the halfway stage of the CommercialBank Qatar Masters on 8-under 136.

When he signed his card, with just a few golfers to complete their day's work, the Thai was one of nine men tied at the top of a bunch leaderboard, but it took some sterling work late in his round for him to reach that mark. He had opened his day with a bogey-6 at the first and another blue number at the 6th saw him turn four shots off the pace. He made immediate in-roads on that gap with red at the 10th and another at the 12th. A final burst of two birdies in two holes at 16 and 17 (courtesy of a 25'0" conversion) saw him join the logjam at the top. The 27-year-old is a three-time winner on the European Tour and arrives fresh from an excellent T4 last week in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Jan 27 - 9:23 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat scorched Doha GC with a 6-under-par 34-32=66 to take a share of the early lead of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters after the morning wave had completed their rounds.

The big Thai golfer took lunch knowing he was one shot ahead of a pack of five alongside Graeme McDowell and Nathan Kimsey after a lap of the course which included just the one dropped shot. He opening nine (the back) had been relatively calm, starting with six pars before he ticked 16 and 18, then tucked another shot away at the 1st. The sole bogey same shortly afterwards at the 3rd, but he bounced back with more birdies at 4 and 6, before he accelerated home with back-to-back red at 8 and 9 to join the leaders. This is his second start of 2017 and he was never outside the top four in Abu Dhabi last week; maintain this form and he might repeat the trick here in Qatar. One concern maybe this: both previous visits to Doha witnessed sub-70 openers, but thereafter he managed only one round in the 60s in six. The flipside is that this 67 is a career best score at the track.
Jan 26 - 5:31 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat led for much of the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, but ultimately could withstand the charge of eventual winner Tommy Fleetwood; the Thai finished T4 on 15-under-par 273.

The World No. 86 opened his final lap of 3-under 33-36=69 with back-to-back birdies which left him clear of the field and he remained in the top two until late in the day, thanks to another birdie at the 8th and a field that was struggling to go really low. His only error came with bogey-4 at the 12th, but he responded with an approach to 5'0" at 13 and calm conversion. He drained a par putt from the same distance at 14 to maintain his bid, whilst at 15 he needed a wonderful scramble after short-siding himself at the final par-three of the week. Mid-range birdie tries at 16 and 17 threatened the hole but refused to drop, doubly frustrating as playing partner Tommy Fleetwood edged ahead, and Aphibarnrat made a final hole par when trying to force the eagle he needed to put pressure on the eventual winner. A strong performance and another sign that his work with new coach Pete Cowan is heading in the right direction.
Jan 22 - 8:28 AM

Playing in the fourth last group of the day, Kiradech Aphibarnrat finished birdie-birdie to hoist up a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in round two of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, slotting him at T3 at the midpoint and just two strokes behind leader Martin Kaymer.

Conditions were tougher in the afternoon session at Abu Dhabi GC but the big Thai moved to the turn with red circles at 1, 6, 7 and 8 against a bogey at 5. His back nine started with a stumble as he dropped a shot at the par-5 10th and and he couldn't get it back with pars at the next six holes. However, Aphibarnrat kept plugging away and got his reward with birdies at 17 and 18 to maintain his title bid with two rounds to play.
Jan 20 - 9:37 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat hit the turbo-boosters midway through his opening lap at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on his way to posting 6-under-par 34-32=66, good for T2 on the live leaderboard two back of the leader Henrik Stenson.

The big Thai golfer had opened his account with six straight pars from the 10th before exploding into life with six red numbers in his next seven holes. He began the blitz with a brace of birdies at 16 and 17 before failing to break par on the par-five 18th. No matter: he opened the front nine by ticking 1, 2, 3 and 4. Then he returned to his par-hitting ways with five to close out the round. This is his fourth visit to the Abu Dhabi GC and just his third sub-70 score in 13 laps. T45 in 2015 is the mark he's looking to improve on and Thursday was a good way to start it.
Jan 19 - 4:59 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat will bid to get his world ranking going the right way again when he lines up in his fourth successive Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

The big Thai entered last year's event ranked in the world's top 40 after a two-win season in 2015 but he returns to the par 72 at No. 86. Aphibarnrat missed the cut in Hong Kong on his last European Tour start in December although he had cashed in five straight tournaments before then. He also played in a couple of Asian Development Tour events at the back end of 2016 and posted T4 and T10. Although he suffered a halfway exit on debut in 2014, the 27-year-old has made his last two cuts in Abu Dhabi. A pair of weekend 78s relegated him to T72 last year while he ended T45 in 2015. Aphibarnrat is a regular cut maker in the United Arab Emirates (6-for-7) but he's only cracked the top 25 once.
Jan 18 - 8:55 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat has posted T22 and T29 in his two previous starts in the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai and will try his luck again at the Earth Course this year.

The Thai has threatened to do better than those eventual finishes, shooting a second-round 65 to be T13 at halfway last year and opening 67-70 to start the weekend in the top five on his debut in the event in 2013. He returns to the desert sitting 54th on the Race to Dubai, a sign that he hasn't been able to build upon his two-win season in 2015 when he finished 13th in the standings. He showed flashes of his best with a final-round 64 at last month's British Masters, good enough for T12, while he's managed T25 (Turkish Airlines Open) and T39 (Nedbank Golf Challenge) in the two Final Series events.
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 03:00:00 PM