Jul
27
2014
Know Your Asians: Kiradech Aphibarnrat
By Stephanie Wei under British Open

Hey longtime WUP readers, welcome back to a very special edition of “Know Your Asians“! For newer readers, check it out and enjoy!

Interviewing Kiradech at his Hoylake digs

Interviewing Kiradech at his Hoylake digs

You might not be familiar with Thai pro golfer Kiradech Aphibarnrat, but you really should get to know him. Why? That’s easy — because he’s awesome, humble, introspective and an all-around good guy.

During the week of the Open Championship, we had the chance to catch up with Kiradech at his rental home in Hoylake.

See? He’s very likable. Unfortunately, Kiradech missed the cut by one at the Open, but he was encouraged by his performance.

More about Kiradech (via the Asian Tour website):

*His career breakthrough victory as a professional came at the 2009 SAIL Open in India. When he putted out on the 72nd green, he fell to his knees and cried tears of joy.

*He won the 2013 Maybank Malaysian Open, defeating the likes of Charl Schwartzel and Padraig Harrington.

*Finished third at the CIMB Classic in 2013, eclipsing many PGA Tour stars last fall.

*Won the Asian Order of Merit, with one victory and five other top-five finishes.

*Placed tied for fifth at the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf in Australia.

*Became only the second golfer since Jeev Milkha Singh to earn over US$1 million in a single season.

*Best finish at a major was T25 at the 2013 PGA Championship.

*Nicknamed the “Asian John Daly,” because of his hefty physique and “grip-it-and-rip-it” playing style.

*Used to race cars, but gave it up because it was too dangerous.

*His name was previously Anujit Hirunratanakorn, but his family decided to change it for good luck.