2013 Reflections with Kiradech

Fri 24 Jan 2014

2013 Reflections with Kiradech

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Singapore, January 24: In the first of our 2013 Reflections series, asiantour.com catches up with our newly-crowned Asian Tour Order of Merit champion, Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand, who shared with us his thoughts on a stellar 2013 season.
Can you reflect on 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. Another highlight was the CIMB Classic 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 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 at the final round of CIMB Classic. I do not want to get a bogey again!
What was your favourite tournament of 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 have you learned about yourself in 2013?
I hit the ball quite well last year and my putting was good. My short game is generally improving, which explains my good results last year. My mental game is getting stronger as well. It’s my fifth year on the Asian Tour and I know all these 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 this new season.
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