Who's who in golf - Kiradech Aphibarnrat


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Name: - Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Country: - Thailand
Born : - July 23rd, 1989 in Thailand's capital city of Bangkok.
Original Home/Club: -
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 2008

Roll of Honour

World Junior Champion (2003, '04). Multiple wins on the Asian and European Tours. Asian Tour Order of Merit winner (2013).


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Kiradech Aphibarnrat (formerly known as Anujit Hirunratanakorn) is one of the most exciting young players to emerge from Thailand. He is sometimes described as Asia’s version of John Daly owing to a rather hefty physique and go-for-broke style of play.

He enjoyed a successful amateur career, winning the Junior World Championship in 2003 and 2004 for his age bracket (boys 13-14). After turning professional in 2008, he predominantly played on the Asian and Japan Tours. His breakthrough win on the Asian Tour came in 2011 at the SAIL Open in India. This was followed two years later by victory at the Malaysian Open, an event co-sanctioned with the European Tour. Aged just 24, he won the Asian Tour Order of Merit for the 2013 season.


Top tournaments won by Kiradech Aphibarnrat

2018Men Aus/NZPerth IntlLake Karrinyup2 & 1A$283,330
Played as the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth (Feb 8-11; Aus/Asian/Eurpn Trs event; after three rounds of strokeplay, top 24 go into knockout match plays on the final day. Each match play round played over 6 holes). Aphibarnrat (Thai) beat James Nitties (Aus) 2 and 1 in the 6-hole final. A nine-man playoff followed round three of the strokeplay, to determine who would fill the last eight berths in Sunday's match play finale. Aphibarnrat beat Anthony Quayle (Aus) with a birdie at the fourth playoff hole to claim the very last of the eight spots. [Lake Karrinyup CC, Perth, WA, Aus].
2015Men EuropePaul Lawrie Match PlayMurcar Links1 up€171,000
Played as the inaugural Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play (Jul 30-Aug 2). Aphibarnrat (Thai) beat Robert Karlsson (Swe) by 1 hole in the 18-hole final. This was Aphibarnrat's third European Tour win, and first on European soil. [Murcar Links GC, Aberdeen, Scotland].
2015Men AsiaShenzhen IntlGenzon GC276 (-12)€386,168
Played as the inaugural Shenzhen International (April 16-19; Eurpn Tr/CGA event). Aphibarnrat (Thai) beat 19-year-old Haotong Li (China) with a birdie at the first playoff hole (par-4 18th). [Genzon GC, Langgang, nr Shenzhen, China].
2013Men AsiaMalaysian OpenTPC Kuala Lumpur203 (-13)US$458,330
Played as the Maybank Malaysian Open (March 21-24; Asian/Eurpn Trs event). Second-placed Edoardo Molinari (Italy) finished 1 shot behind first-time European Tour winner Aphibarnrat (Thai). Reduced to 54 holes due to severe storms on last two days. [West course, TPC Kuala Lumpur, KL, Malaysia; known at the time as Kuala Lumpur G&CC].
2013Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Asian Tr$1,127,855see Score
Aphibarnrat (Thai) won the Asian Tour 2013 Order of Merit, with earnings of US$1,127,855 on the Tour. Scott Hend (Aus) was second with $597,900; Anirban Lahiri (India) was third with $517,030.
2013Men AwardsPlyrs Plyr of Yr - Asian Trxn/a
Aphibarnrat (Thai) won the Asian Tour Players' Player of the Year Award, based on the votes of his peers.
2011Men AsiaSAIL OpenDelhi GC272 (-16)US$47,550
Played as the SAIL Open (March 22-25; Asian Tr event). Second-placed Siddikur Rahman (Ban) finished 1 shot behind first-time Asian Tour winner Aphibarnrat (Thai). [Delhi GC, New Delhi, India].

 

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