Kiradech Aphibarnrat was the last man into the $1.4 million ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth. He finished the last man standing.
Aphibarnrat defeated Australian James Nitties 2 and 1 in the final to win his fourth European Tour event. Aphibarnrat, from Thailand, got an invite to play on Monday of tournament week. He had to justify his decision to his wife.
“When I got the email to invite me to play on Monday, I was calling my wife,” Aphibarnrat said. “I was in Malaysia last week and I called my wife, too, saying ‘Maybe I will have to work next week,’ and she said, ‘Just give me one good reason why you are not resting?’ Well, I got a lot of golf fans so I just can’t let them down.”
He didn’t. Aphibarnrat said the $220,000 first-place check went straight into his wife’s purse.
“All I get this week is just the trophy,” he said.
Aphibarnrat finished joint 24th to get into the six-hole match play knockout rounds. He needed four trips up the 18th in a playoff on Saturday night to claim the last of the 24 spots.”
“It’s just been an awesome week,” Aphibarnrat said. “I don’t know how to explain it but I’m so happy.
“I’m working so hard. The last few months I’ve been getting really close and finally I’ve done it . . . It means a lot. When you focus on something, you try this hard, then I kept finishing second and then I’m not giving up. I’m trying so hard until I get it . . . It’s really tough to get in the last 24. It’s been tough every single match that I play in.”
It is Aphibarnrat’s second-match play victory on the European Tour, following the 2015 Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play. His latest victory takes him to 10th on the European Tour money list.