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Kiradech Aphibarnrat

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/23/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'8" / 229

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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

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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

Kiradech Aphibarnrat made the top five in last year's British Masters at Woburn and will try his luck again at this week's edition which takes place at The Grove.

The Thai, who sits 68th in the current world rankings, opened with three 67s to put himself in line for a third win of a superb 2015 season but could only card a Sunday 72 and dropped back from joint leader to T5. He's not produced the same fireworks in 2016 but did finish T5 at both the BMW International Open and the Olympic Men's Golf Competition. More recently, he's been trying to secure his PGA TOUR card via the Tour. After two missed cuts he took T24 in last week's Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship after shooting a final-round 67.
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 05:05:00 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat turns his attention to Hillcrest Country Club ahead of this week's Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco.

The World No. 64 missed the cut at last week's DAP Championship, so his bucket is still empty in terms of piling up Tour Finals money. It was his first career Tour appearance, as he attempts to play his way onto the PGA TOUR for the 2016-17 season. Worldwide, he's finished outside the top 50 in 10 of his last 12 starts but posted T5s in each of the other two starts (Rio Olympic Games; BMW International Open). That boom-or-bust mentality could work out in his four-event format where one top-heavy finish could do the trick in terms of punching his TOUR card.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 03:27:00 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat confirmed a high finish at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with a final round 4-under-par 32-35=67 which left him 8-under 276 for the week.

The Thai golfer, who has twice won European Tour events on this week's Paspalum grass greens, reiterated his happiness putting on such surfaces with a fine display which laughed in the face of his generally poor form since The Masters in April. He carded red numbers on the first three par-fives on the Olympic Golf Course at 1, 5 and 10. He added another three birdies at 9, 15 and 17, but made bogey at 13 and failed to make a clean sweep of birdie-4s on the long holes when making a clumsy 3-putt bogey 6 which cost him a top five finish. He ended the week gaining 0.034 on the greens.
Sun, Aug 14, 2016 02:16:00 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat cruised to a bogey-free, 2-under-par 35-34=69 during round two of the Olympic Golf Competition in Rio, the lone blemish-free round of the week through two days, arriving at the midpoint on 2-under 140.

The Thai played marvelous fairways-and-greens golf today, pelting all 13 fairways and landing 14 greens. Despite the great ball-striking, he could only muster up two birdies, as he lost 0.591 strokes putting on the round. On the bright side, it was relatively stress-free as he converted just two putts from outside 6'5" but still maintained a clean card. The 27-year-old is eight strokes off the lead entering the weekend but could make up ground quickly if his putter can warm up.
Fri, Aug 12, 2016 02:21:00 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat will be looking to re-establish his game when he pegs it up at the Men's Olympic Golf Competition in Rio de Janeiro this week.

The Thai is unlikely to be worried about putting on the paspalum greens this week. In fact he may have one of the strongest records on the unusual grass type. He won the Shenzhen International on it at Genzon GC in 2015, and can also boast a win and two T3s at Kuala Lumpur (against European Tour opposition in the Maybank Malaysian Open and PGA Tour foes in the CIMB Classic). A much greater concern would be his form. Since finishing T15 on his Masters debut in April he has, with one exception, struggled. In 10 starts during that stretch he has finished just once inside the top 50, when T5 at the BMW International Open.
Tue, Aug 9, 2016 08:08:00 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat will be seeking a second career title in the birthplace of golf at this week's Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open hosted by Castle Stuart Golf Links.

The Thai golfer’s introduction to Scottish golf was spectacular: a 66 on this course in 2013 to leave him T3 after round one. But he added 73-68-75 to drift all week into T38 and then added 4 straight missed cuts in the country. He broke that duck in some style, winning the Paul Lawrie Match Play title last July at Murcar Links and backed up his new found fondness for all things tartan with T4 in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship (a fine achievement after his first round 75 left him T139). He’s certainly collected the air miles in recent month: four separate trips to the States since March have been mixed with journeys to China, England and Germany. His T5 in the BMW International Open was his best since last Fall, but he stumbled to T58 last week at Firestone.
Tue, Jul 5, 2016 10:40:00 AM

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.
Sun, Jun 26, 2016 01:20:00 PM