Q&A: Six things about Kiradech

Tue 14 Jun 2016

Q&A: Six things about Kiradech

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In our latest Q&A with Thai star Kiradech Aphibarnrat, he talks to us about his best golfing moment, favourite holiday destination and friendship with Thai pop singer URBOY TJ.
What’s your best golfing moment to date?
I think the second shot into the last hole to win the Paul Lawrie Match Play in Scotland last year was something that I will always remember. I have always wanted to prove that I could win a tournament outside of Asia and I managed to do it in the event. Leading 3-up (against Robert Karlsson), the match was tied again with the last hole remaining and then I hit the shot close to the pin for the win. I tried really hard to win and showed that I could win on European soil.
Where is your favourite holiday destination?
My wife and I like to go to Japan and Maldives for a vacation but I have no chance to so right now as I’ve got such a busy schedule!
Who is your inspiration in life?
It has to be my dad (Panupong). Growing up, he taught me a lot. The way he managed the family, it always seem to be the right way. He’s always making the right decisions for the family and the most important thing that he tells us to do is to try our hardest to get the right result.
If you could buy anything in this world, what would it be?
I would buy up the car company, Ferrari. You know how much I love fast cars. I already have one Ferrari F4 30 at home.
Why did you start playing golf?
I followed dad to the golf course for the first when I as 8 years old. He was a keen golfer, and he would play after work. I followed him for about three to four months and I found it very interesting. I played every sport, from table tennis, football and baseball and I was pretty good at them. What I found interesting in golf then was that the ball sits in front of you but yet I couldn’t it hit. I was good at the other sports where the ball was moving but not quite in golf. So I found that very challenging and it was fun. I got a hang of it and the fact that you have to hit the ball to different distances and under different conditions made it challenging for me to stick with it.
What playlist do you have going in your phone and car right now?
I’ve got some cool pop music running right now by URBOY TJ. He’s a Thai pop star singer who actually loves golf and he’s also a golf fan of mine. I only knew a few years later that he’s a popular Thai singer! We’re hanging out a lot these days.
About Kiradech
Country: Thailand
Date Of Birth: July 23, 1989
Residence: Bangkok
Family: Married
Turned Pro: 2008
Twitter Handle: @kiradech
Instagram:@kiradech_arm
ASIAN TOUR VICTORIES: (2) 2011 SAIL Open, India, 2013 Maybank Malaysian Open.
PRO WINS: (2) 2009 Singha Pattaya Open, 2015 Shenzhen International, China, 2015 Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play, Scotland.
AMATEUR WINS: 2003 & 2004 World Junior champion, World University Games gold medalist.