Kiradech Aphibarnrat

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Kiradech Aphibarnrat
— Golfer —
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Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Personal information
Born (1989-07-23) 23 July 1989 (age 25)
Bangkok, Thailand
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 104 kg (229 lb; 16.4 st)
Nationality  Thailand
Residence Bangkok, Thailand
Career
Turned professional 2008
Current tour(s) Asian Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Professional wins 4
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 2
Asian Tour 2
Other 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship CUT: 2013, 2014
PGA Championship T25: 2013
Achievements and awards
Asian Tour
Order of Merit
2013

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (born 23 July 1989), also known as Anujit Hirunratanakorn[1] is a Thai professional golfer who plays on the Asian and European Tours.

In both 2003 and 2004, Aphibarnrat won his age group at the Junior World Golf Championships. In 2007, he was on the gold medal team at the 2007 Summer Universiade and took a silver in the individual event at the 2007 Southeast Asian Games.

Aphibarnrat turned professional in 2008 and began playing on the Asian Tour and the Japan Golf Tour in 2009. HIs first professional victory came in 2009 at the Mercedes-Benz Tour's Singha Pattaya Open, which he won by 11 strokes, earning US$50,000. Aphibarnrat's first Asian Tour win was at the 2011 SAIL Open.[2]

Aphibarnrat's first victory on the European Tour was at the Maybank Malaysian Open in March 2013. The event was co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, thus giving him a second win on that tour. In the event, which shortened to 54 holes due to thunderstorms, Aphibarnrat defeated Edoardo Molinari by one stroke.

He won his second European Tour title at the Shenzhen International in a sudden death playoff over Li Hao-tong. Having led the tournament at the 54 hole stage, he trailed late in the back nine, but eagled the 17th hole and then missed a birdie putt on the 18th for the outright victory. He would go on to birdie the first extra hole to claim victory. Aphibarnrat became only the second player from Thailand, after Thongchai Jaidee, to record multiple European Tour wins.

Aphibarnrat is sometimes referred to as "Asia's John Daly", a comparison of his "unathletic" physique to the similarly large body type of two-time major championship winner John Daly.[3]

Amateur wins (2)[edit]

Professional wins (4)[edit]

European Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 24 Mar 2013 Maybank Malaysian Open*1 −13 (65-68-70=203) 1 stroke Italy Edoardo Molinari
2 19 Apr 2015 Shenzhen International −12 (67-69-68-72=276) Playoff China Li Hao-Tong

* Note: The 2013 Maybank Malaysian Open was shortened to 54 holes due to bad weather.
1 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour

Asian Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 25 Mar 2011 SAIL Open −16 (68-67-69-68=272) 1 stroke Bangladesh Mohammad Siddikur
2 24 Mar 2013 Maybank Malaysian Open*1 −13 (65-68-70=203) 1 stroke Italy Edoardo Molinari

* Note: The 2013 Maybank Malaysian Open was shortened to 54 holes due to bad weather.
1 Co-sanctioned with the European Tour

Other wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 5 Apr 2009 Singha Pattaya Open −23 (68-65-61-67=261) 11 strokes Philippines Antonio Lascuna

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2013 2014
Masters Tournament DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP
The Open Championship CUT CUT
PGA Championship T25 WD

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10

Results in World Golf Championships[edit]

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Accenture Match Play Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP R64
Cadillac Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP 67
Bridgestone Invitational DNP DNP DNP T40 DNP
HSBC Champions 74 T66 DNP T55 DNP

DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Team appearances[edit]

References[edit]

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