Kiradech Aphibarnrat

Kiradech Aphibarnrat

Biography

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha)
Born: July 23, 1989 | Residence: Bangkok, Thailand | Turned pro: 2008
Titles: Asian: 2; Euro: 3

Kiradech Aphibarnrat produced a magnificent finish to the 2015 Shenzhen International to claim his second European Tour title, beating home favourite Li Hao-tong with a birdie at the first play-off hole after eagling the 17th in regulation play to tie the lead. He added another title in August that year at the inaugural Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play, seeing off home favourite Marc Warren in the semi-finals before beating Swede Robert Karlsson one up in the final. Those victories helped put a difficult spell behind him, during which he suffered a loss of form following the death of his coach, Natpasit Chokthanasar, in December 2013. He claimed his first European Tour win at the 2013 Maybank Malaysian Open in March 2013 as a Category 12 member, and immediately took up full membership. Kiradech turned professional in 2008 and won the following year, by a whopping 11 shots, at the Singha Pattaya Open on the Mercedes-Benz Tour. He claimed his maiden Asian Tour title at the 2011 SAIL Open. Known for his go-for-broke style of play, he won his age group at the Junior World Golf Championships in 2003 and 2004. In 2007 he was on the gold medal team at the World University Games and represented Thailand in the 2011, 2013 and 2016 World Cup of Golf. He was previously known as Anujit Hirunratanakorn, but his family decided to change his name for good luck.