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Kiradech The Conqueror: Thailand’s Asian Tour No. 1 on year to remember

Big-hitting Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat, recently crowned winner of the 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit, talks to AsianTour.com about his best-ever season. Photo: SportAsia.

Big-hitting Thai KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT, the recently crowned winner of the 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit, talks about his best-ever season. 

 

Interview by AsianTour.com; Portrait: SportAsia

 

How would you sum up your 2013 season?

It was a very successful season for me and I am very pleased with my performances last year. Everything went well for me throughout the year. I hit the ball very well, too.

 

What was the highlight for you?

The main highlight for me obviously was winning the Maybank Malaysian Open (in March). Another highlight was the CIMB Classic (in October), which was also held at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. I love playing at that course because it suits my game and I always get good results there.

 

What was the low point for you?

When I missed the cut at The Open Championship. I was feeling down for a couple of months after that. I got kind of lost in my mental game. However, I managed to get back on my feet at the PGA Championship (where he finished 25th) and my game sort of recovered from there.

 

If you could re-hit one shot, what shot would that be?

It would be my third shot on the 10th hole in the final round of CIMB Classic. I do not want to get a bogey again!

 

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Kiradech was a clear winner of the 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit, earning over US$1.1 million. Photo: Asian Tour.

What was your favourite tournament in 2013?

It has got to be the Maybank Malaysian Open. That win made a big change in my life. It also put me right on top of the Asian Tour Order of Merit until the end of the season.

 

What did you learn about yourself last year?

I hit the ball quite well and my putting was good. My short game is generally improving, which explains my good results. My mental game is getting stronger as well. It was my fifth year on the Asian Tour and I know all these results didn’t come easily. I learned a lot from the top players as well, especially from the Thai veterans.

 

Which aspect of your game will you practise during the off-season?

I usually focus on my short game. I will practise my putting and my swing. Hopefully my good form can continue into the new season.

 

Who do you think is the next big star on the Asian Tour?

It’s really tough to pick one because we have a lot of upcoming stars from Thailand and other parts of Asia. If I had to choose, I think it would be Thitiphun Chuayprakong. He has been working very hard and his swing is getting better. He has got a good mental game as well. I think he is definitely one of those players you shouldn’t miss in the new season.

 

Source: Asian Tour

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