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Kiradech Aphibarnrat |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/23/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'8" / 229
College: Thailand

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Kiradech Aphibarnrat has been added to the published field of this week's Valero Texas Open.
The big Thai earned the exemption for finishing inside the top 10 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Aphibarnrat placed T6. It's his second-best finish of 13 career PGA TOUR starts. It yielded 91.667 non-member FedExCup points in his only start of 2014-15. That would slot him 168th among members, so he's currently inside the bubble to qualify for the Tour Finals as a primary objective. Aphibarnrat will be making his debut at TPC San Antonio. Mar 23 - 10:56 AM

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Kiradech Aphibarnrat concluded his week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in the final round to finish inside the top 10 at 13-under 275.

Aphibarnrat circled two eagles and two birdies while squaring a trio of bogeys on his final lap around Bay Hill. Three of his four par breakers were from longer than 11 feet, with a 23'8" putt on the par-5 12th the longest. Of note, his was 6-under on the four par 5s in the finale. With this top-10 finish, he has qualified for the Valero Texas Open later this week if he chooses to accept the offer.
Mar 22 - 5:27 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat spun a bogey-free 7-under-par 30-35=65 in the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to take control of the clubhouse at 10-under 206.

Aphibarnrat circled six birdies on the front nine at Bay Hill before adding just one on the back. Four of his birdies fell from between 10 and 15 feet. While all aspects of his game are clicking, it's worth noting that he was leading the field in strokes gained; putting at the time of his posting. This marks his first start on the PGA TOUR in 2014-15, as he is a non-member. He tied for fourth in the True Thailand Classic in his most recent outing, so his form was solid entering the week.
Mar 21 - 2:09 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat was left to rue birdie misses at 17 and 18 as he finished two shots back in his home True Thailand Classic at Black Mountain.

The tied fourth represented a good week's work after he failed to cash in Malaysia but the youngster felt he left shots out on the course after turning in a 2-under-par 34-36=70 to finish at 14-under 274. Aphibarnrat circled three birdies against a single bogey on the front nine before dropping a shot at the 12th for the third day running. He stayed in touch with a par breaker at 15 but his birdie try at 17 lipped out and he missed a shortish putt for a four at the par-5 18th. Aphibarnrat looked crestfallen at the finish, knowing that he could easily have made a playoff. The Thai hit 14 greens in regulation for the second day running but going just 11-for-19 in scrambling for the week suggests a sharper short game would have left him hoisting the trophy.
Feb 15 - 6:27 AM

Local star Kiradech Aphibarnrat thrilled the crowds again with a 5-under-par 32-35=67 to move within a shot of the lead at the True Thailand Classic.

At 10-under 134, the Thai is set to head out in the final group on Saturday after a second straight 67 which featured six birdies, an eagle-3 and three bogeys. Aphibarnrat played his opening nine in 35 but started his charge with an eagle at No.2 for the second day running. He bogeyed the fifth but ended with with three par breakers in the final four holes to reach 10-under. The 25-year-old hit 14 greens in regulation on Friday -- three more than in his opening round. Of his Saturday duel with Jimenez, Aphibarnrat said, "We’ve been playing a lot in Europe last year and he’s a really nice guy. But it’s not easy to beat an old guy like him! He hits the ball very far and is striking it very well. He’s a world-class player in my eyes."
Feb 13 - 4:46 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat put down a strong 5-under-par 33-34=67 in round one of the True Thailand Classic but his day ended on a sour note.

The burly Thai shook off an opening bogey at Black Mountain with an eagle-3 at the second before another blemish at five put him back to square one. But he then embarked on a birdie burst by circling seven par breakers in the next 11 holes to jump to within a shot of the lead. With the par-5 18th to come, Aphibarnrat had eyes on top spot but, after a poor drive and lengthy ruling, he lost focus on the final hole and swallowed a double bogey-7. A rather roller-coaster round was revealed in his stats; he split just seven (of 14) fairways and only found 11 greens in regulation. A hot putter -- he needed just 24 swipes -- was the key to his low score and he'll tee off on Friday just three off the lead.
Feb 12 - 7:23 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat won the 2013 Maybank Malaysian Open and returns to Kuala Lumpur G&CC to contest this year's European Tour event.

In a tournament reduced to 54 holes, Aphibarnrat still had to sleep on a lead as the decision to shorten the event had been taken earlier in the week. He had 16 holes to complete of his final round on Sunday and came through in style to see off some star names and become a European Tour winner at the age of just 23. The Thai had previously been third in this event in 2010 and matched that finish when the PGA TOUR visited the same venue to play the 2013 CIMB Classic. It's fair to describe him as a course horse. Aphibarnrat has been active on the recent Gulf Swing and finished T45 in Abu Dhabi and T38 in Qatar.
Feb 2 - 5:21 PM

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.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 12:18:00 PM

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.
Tue, Aug 5, 2014 09:46:00 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.
Tue, May 27, 2014 08:37:00 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.
Tue, Feb 18, 2014 09:26:00 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).
Sun, Jan 19, 2014 07:16:00 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