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Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat’s World Ranking jumped from 516 to 197 in just four incredible days at Wentworth


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It Does not get much better than this for Thailand's Kiradech.

 

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The past three weeks have been remarkable for Bangkok’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

 

After enduring 216 very intense and competitive holes during the Korn Ferry Finals, he finished 20th out of 200 players to retain his PGA Tour Card.

 

Then Sunday night he jumps on a plane to the UK, to play in the European Tour’s flag ship event the 2021 BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in Surrey England.

 

He was one of the lowest ranked golfers taking part, but on opening day he led the Championship with a staggering 8 birdies, seven on his back nine, finishing on 64.

 

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This followed with rounds of 68, 74 and 64, and only in form American Billy Horschel’s last putt on 18th meant Kiradech eventually finished tied 2nd.

 

For his efforts he won Euro 492,898.

 

Jumped up from 516 to 195 on the World Rankings.

 

And moved up 154 places to reach No.52 on the Race to Dubai rankings too.

 

Now he will need another ticket for Dubai in November if he remains in the top 60 on the Race to Dubai standings.

 

Two Nightmare Years

 

After a couple of years when he injured his knee at the 2019 Masters, then was stuck in Thailand due to travel restrictions and on returning to the PGA Tour caught Covid his season ended with him needing to play well in the Korn Ferry Tour’s finals.

 

I am sure once he had retained his PGA Tour card, all his worries and pressures disappeared, and the old Khun Arm as he is known to his many fans was back in business peppering the flags.

 

In a weekend when the underdogs won, with British tennis player Emma Raducanu coming from nowhere to grab the Ladies US Open title, although Kiradech has won before, his comeback was also remarkable.

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