|Date of Birth||1989-07-23|
Order of Merit
Asian Tour Victories
(2) 2011 SAIL Open, India, 2013 Maybank Malaysian Open.
PRO WIN: (3) 2009 Singha Pattaya Open, 2015 Shenzhen International, China; 2015 Paul Lawrie Matchplay.
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 eclipse some of the PGA Tour biggest stars at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia by finishing third. Kiradech ended the 2013 season as the Asian Tour Order of Merit champion, thanks to one victory and five other top-five finishes. Also become only the second golfer after Jeev Milkha Singh to earn over US$1 million in a single season. Kiradech initially struggled to hit top in 2014 as he coped with the death of long-time coach Natpasit Chokthanasart, nicknamed Pro Jew. Finished runner-up at the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup Golf in Japan and ended the year on a high note when he claimed four straight top-10s. Also played a huge role in Team Asia’s draw with Europe at the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM. Enjoyed his career breakthrough by winning the SAIL Open in India in 2009. Fell on his knees after the last putt and wept tears of joy. He finished in 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 enjoyed a strong amateur career where he was World Junior Champion on two occasions. Likes 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.