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Kiradech Aphibarnrat |

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

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With a four-foot conversion for birdie on the final hole of the championship match, Kiradech Aphibarnrat defeated Robert Karlsson 1 up at the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play at Murcar Links Golf Club in Aberdeen, Scotland.
In what was a brilliant display of golf theater, the Thai nearly coughed away this title. The duo matched birdies on the par-4 first hole before Aphibarnrat grabbed the lead with a birdie-3 at No. 2. He extended to 3 up through six, but Karlsson chipped away with wins at 8 and 9 to turn 1 down. Aphibarnrat won the 11th with a birdie-3 and No. 14 with a par-4 to regain the 3-up margin. With little room to spare, Karlsson took his cuts. He played Nos. 15-17 birdie-par-birdie, winning all three holes to even the match. At the par-4 18th, the Swede's tee ball landed on the green at the second hole, but Aphibarnrat's drive also failed to find the fairway, drifting right and into the rough. It was the eventual champ's escape that set up the clinching birdie. Karlsson's birdie attempt from 10 feet never threatened. This is the 26-year-old's third career victory on the European Tour and second this season. Aug 2 - 12:59 PM

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Kiradech Aphibarnrat defeated a lackluster Marc Warren 3&2 on Sunday morning to reach the final of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play in Scotland.

Home favorite Warren didn't manage a single birdie and was 5-over for the 16 holes played. That made it easy for his Thai opponent, who never had to do anything special at Murcar Links GC. A par at the opening hole was enough to give Warren an early lead but Aphibarnrat made it all square after the Scot bogeyed the second. Thanks to wins at 4, 8 and 11, Aphibarnrat went 3up and, with Warren unable to find a response, a par at 16 secured the 26-year-old a somewhat unexpected place in this afternoon's final.
Aug 2 - 7:28 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat toured Golfclub München Eichenried in 5-under-par 32-35=67 on the opening morning of the BMW International Open and is just one off the pace.

For most of his round, it looked as if the Thai would set the clubhouse target but he bogeyed his penultimate hole, the eighth, to drop a shot behind leader Andrew Johnston. Despite splitting just 6 (of 14) fairways, Aphibarnrat circled birdies at 11, 12, 13, 16, 4 and 6 before suffering his only blemish two holes from home. This is his debut at both the course and tournament and today was the first time in seven attempts he'd broken 70 in the opening round of an event.
Jun 25 - 8:29 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat has never played a European Tour event in Germany but changes that by teeing it up in this week's BMW International Open.

The Thai arrives at Golfclub München Eichenried slotted in at 14th place in the Race To Dubai although he's missed his last two cuts. Aphibarnrat shot 71-80 in the Irish Open at Royal County Down and also lasted just 36 holes after a pair of 74s in the Nordea Masters. However, he restored some confidence back in Asia a fortnight ago when placing T10 in his home Thailand Open.
Jun 23 - 4:47 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat dropped three shots over the final five holes in an even-par 33-39=72 on day one of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

This was the Thai's first competitive round since he withdrew after 18 holes of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open two weeks ago with a neck injury. Aphibarnrat looked as if he could challenge for the lead after wiping out an early bogey with birdies at 4, 6 and 8, while another at 12 took him just one back. But some loose driving -- he split just 7 (of 14) fairways -- caught up with him and bogeys at 14, 16 and 18 undid all the hard work.
May 21 - 2:38 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat is expected to get back inside the ropes at next week's BMW PGA Championship.

The 25-year-old Thai withdrew prior to his second round of last week's stop in Mauritius due to what was reported as a neck injury. In an update in the Thursday edition of the Bangkok Post, the report added back pains to Aphibarnrat's discomfort, but his father, Panupong, played down any concern entering the flagship event on the European Tour. "He felt pain and could not play last week," Panupong said of his son. "He has since become better after a rest and can now play practice rounds. I am sure he will be fit next week." Kiradech is currently 79th in the Official World Golf Ranking and not yet eligible for any of the remaining majors. The top 60 at the conclusion of the BMW PGA and action on June 14 will be automatically eligible for the field of 156 at the U.S. Open on June 18-21.
May 14 - 12:04 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat pulled out of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open before teeing off in his second round.

The European Tour twitter feed reported, "Kiradech Aphibarnrat has been forced to retire from the #ABMO with a neck injury." No further details are known. This isn't a total surprise as the Thai had slumped to a 77 on Thursday. However, between a T6 at Bay Hill and a win in last month's Shenzhen International he did shoot 81-77 to miss the cut at the Texas Open so Aphibarnrat is a player who can hit the bogey train. In fact, if you want an example of hit-and-miss, check his last seven opening rounds: 77-71-67-81-70-67-80. For the time being, it appears as if his next scheduled start would be the BMW PGA Championship on May 21-24.
May 8 - 7:45 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat slots in at ninth on the Race to Dubai rankings going into this week's AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open.

He has only one other player from the top 30, George Coetzee, in opposition at Heritage GC so this is an obvious chance for the Thai to continue his excellent run of form. A winner in China two starts ago and also T6 at Bay Hill, Aphibarnrat is one of the headline acts at the first ever event to be tri-sanctioned by the European, Asian and Sunshine Tours. If his putter stays hot, he could be the one to beat and is a must for the 10-pick European Tour Fantasy game.
May 5 - 6:26 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnat has eyes on a second straight European Tour win after painting a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in round two of the Volvo China Open.

Last week's Shenzhen International winner moved from T15 to T4 after again keeping the bogeys away with a razor-sharp short game. So far this week, the Thai is 16-for-18 in scrambling and has taken just 50 swipes with the putter. "I’m not driving the ball as well as I did last week, but the rest of my game is in pretty good shape, especially my short game," said Aphibarnrat after reaching 5-under 139 at the midpoint, three shots off Julie Quesne's lead. "Mentally I’m still sharp and my confidence is high, so I just have to keep it up." Today's round featured five birdies and a single bogey.
Apr 24 - 6:40 AM

Last week's Shenzhen winner Kiradech Aphibarnrat smoke-and-mirrored his way to a 1-under-par 37-34-71 in the first round of the Volvo China Open.

The Thai hit just nine greens in regulation at Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club but finished the day just three shots off the pace after getting up and down eight times. That meant the only bogey of his round came at the opening hole. It was pretty much a grind all day although he lifted the pressure with a birdie at 10 and by holing a huge putt for another par breaker at 14. Aphibarnrat, who sits 7th in the Race to Dubai, was also 3-for-3 in sand saves and took just 25 putts.
Apr 23 - 7:04 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat beat Chinese teenager Li Hao-Tong in a playoff to secure a dramatic win at the inaugural Shenzhen International.

The Thai posted a closing even-par 37-35=72 at Genzon GC to match Li's clubhouse target of 12-under 276 before returning to 18 and sinking a lengthy birdie putt to seal victory. Aphibarnrat looked to have blown his chances after slipping from two in front at start of play to two behind walking off 16. But at 17 he drained an 18-foot effort for eagle to gain a share of the lead again before parring the last to get himself into a playoff. This is Aphibarnrat's second European Tour title and first since the 2013 Maybank Malaysian Open. He said: "Special thanks to my caddie, he was always pushing me. When we were two behind on the last two holes he said you have not lost, we have not signed the scorecard yet and he was completely right. I had a chance to win in 72 holes but the putt in the playoff is the best putt I have ever made in my life." Aphibarnrat split 12 (of 14) fairways on Sunday and hit 15 greens in regulation but a cold putter (he needed 34 swishes) almost cost him.
Apr 19 - 7:30 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat converted nine birdies in his third round of the Shenzhen International, but settled for a 4-under-par 32-36=68 to post 12-under 204, good for a two-stroke margin entering Sunday's finale.

Aphibarnrat played alongside 36-hole leader Peter Uihlein and promptly sent a message with birdies on the first three holes of Genzon Golf Club in Shenzhen. The 25-year-old Thai then traded three birdies with two bogeys before the turn. He kept it floored with birdies at 10, 11 and 13, but double-bogeyed the par-5 17th and squared a bogey-5 at the last. "First, I made three straight birdies to jump up at the top," he said. "I was still hitting the ball great on the back. Then I made a big mistake on last two holes, not the way to finish. ... I lost the focus on the short putt on 17. That is the big turn, the big key for me after Peter made birdie, and we swung three shots on that. That's a big move. But I made a mistake and I lost some concentration." Uihlein shot 1-under 35-36=71 and sits alone in second place to set up another pairing with the leader.
Apr 18 - 1:02 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat posted a 3-under-par 36-33=69 in the second round of the Shenzhen International to remain in the top two at halfway.

After a steady first nine, the Thai posted four birdies against a single bogey coming home to reach 8-under 136 at halfway. That's just a single stroke behind leader Peter Uihlein. Aphibarnrat, who finished T6 at Bay Hill recently, split 9 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation. He's also 8-for-10 in scrambling over the first two days. "It was a great round," he said. "The wind was getting up on a few holes before I finished, but the way I was striking the ball is still very good. When I go out worldwide, I learn a lot of experience. It's been helping Asian players to keep improving when we see all the star players, how they are playing, how they are playing the shots, and just adapt it to my golf game and it's improving."
Apr 17 - 5:33 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat blitzed the front nine on the way to a 5-under-par 31-36=67 in round one of the inaugural Shenzen International in China.

After a bizarre 81-77 missed cut in the Texas Open on his last start, the youngster is back in the groove again following his T6 at Bay Hill and T4 in his home True Thailand Classic prior to that Lone Star State blowout. Today, he was out of the traps fast with five birdies in his opening nine holes. With the lead at 6-under, Aphibarnrat looked set to surpass that clubhouse target but quietened on the back nine with seven pars, a bogey and just one further birdie at 17.
Apr 16 - 6:30 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat heads to this week's Shenzhen International in China following two hugely contrasting performances on the PGA TOUR.

The Thai played some excellent golf to finish T6 in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill but followed that by shooting 81-77 to miss the cut in the Texas Open. Aphibarnrat has no previous course experience of Genzon GC but has played plenty of times in China previously. His best results are a T7 in the 2011 Hong Kong Open and a T12 in the 2013 China Open. Before his two-week jaunt on the PGA TOUR he'd finished T4 in the True Thailand Classic so his Texas blowout looks something of an abberation.
Apr 13 - 5:48 PM