Battling Kiradech exits WGC Dell Technologies Match Play

Sun 25 Mar 2018

Battling Kiradech exits WGC Dell Technologies Match Play


March 25: Kiradech Aphibarnrat produced a gutsy display at the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play before losing in the quarterfinals to Bubba Watson on Saturday.

The Thai star qualified for the knockout stages after being unbeaten in the group stage. He had to fight tooth-and-nail in the round of 16 where he sank clutch birdies in the final two holes to win 1-up against Charles Howell III in a pulsating match.

Kiradech, the 2013 Asian Tour number one, then faced a dominant Watson in the quarterfinals where he was beaten 5&3.

Both players started strong, combining for seven birdies in the first six holes. That match was all square at the turn but things started to change for Kiradech when he bogeyed 10. Another two bogeys by the Thai followed by two Watson birdies during a four-hole stretch on the back nine proved to be the difference. 

Wins on holes 10, 11, 12 and 13 suddenly saw Watson go 4-up against Kiradech . On 15, Watson hit his approach to nine feet where the Thai eventually conceded the hole and the match.

Kiradech will take next week off before heading to Augusta National for the year’s opening major, the Masters Tournament.