|Date of Birth||1989-07-23|
Order of Merit
Asian Tour Victories
(2) 2011 SAIL Open, India, 2013 Maybank Malaysian Open.
PRO WIN: (1) 2009 Singha Pattaya Open.
AMATEUR WINS: 2003 & 2004 World Junior champion, World University Games gold medalist.
Kiradech is one of the most exciting young players to emerge from Thailand. In 2013 he defeated a host of stars including Major winners Charl Schwartzel and Padraig Harrington to win the Maybank Malaysian Open. He went on to showcase his immense talent when he eclipsed some of the PGA Tour biggest stars at the CIMB Classic by finishing third. Kiradech ended the 2013 season in sensational fashion when he was crowned the Asian Tour Order of Merit champion, thanks to one victory and five other top-five finishes. He enjoyed a tied fifth finish at the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf in Australia. Also become only the second golfer after Jeev Milkha Singh to earn over US$1 million in a single season. He enjoyed his career breakthrough by winning the SAIL Open in India in 2009, which made up for numerous near misses on the Asian Tour in recent years. Fell on his knees after the last putt and wept tears of joy. He has finished inside the top-10 of the Asian Tour Order of Merit in 2010 and 2011. Came close to a second Tour victory in 2012 but lost in a three-way play-off at the Zaykabar Myanmar Open to Kieran Pratt. Finished tied 10th at the Avantha Masters and wrapped up his year in fine fashion with successive tied sixth results at the King’s Cup and Thailand Golf Championship. He also finished runner-up in the 2007 Southeast Asian Games and 2007 Putra Cup.
He is nicknamed Asia’s John Daly due to his hefty physique and go-for-broke style of play. Enjoyed a strong amateur career where he was World Junior Champion on two occasions. Enjoys car racing but has since given up the sport “as it was dangerous.” Was previously known as Anujit Hirunratanakorn but his family decided to change his name for good luck.
2014 EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM.