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Kiradech Aphibarnrat

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

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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 Web.com Tour Finals money. It was his first career Web.com 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. Sep 13 - 3:27 PM
Source: PGATOUR.com

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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.
Aug 14 - 2:16 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.
Aug 12 - 2:21 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.
Source: IGFGolf.org
Aug 9 - 8:08 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.
Jul 5 - 10:40 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.
Jun 26 - 1:20 PM

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