Kiradech promises to return stronger

Sun 03 Nov 2013

Kiradech promises to return stronger

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Shanghai, November 3: Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat has promised to plot his way back onto the victory trail after missing out on an upset win at the WGC-HSBC Champions on Sunday.
Kiradech, who virtually has one hand on the Asian Tour Order of Merit title after amassing a season haul of over US$1 million, remains upbeat of achieving global success despite closing his campaign at the US$8.5million showpiece with an even-par 72 to sign for a four-day total of one-under-par 287.
“I didn’t finish well but I’m still happy with my finish as this is my best result in three appearances at this event. This is the first time I finished under-par and it only goes to show how much I’ve improved and how my game is getting better,” said Kiradech, who previous two appearances were in 2010 and 2011 where he finished in 15-over (303) and six-over (294) respectively.
Kiradech came into the year’s final World Golf Championship as a likely contender following his spectacular tied-third finish in Malaysia last week.
He started off promisingly with a 69 but his charge was halted after the second round when he signed for a 78 before he picked himself up with a 68 at the Sheshan International Golf Club.
“To be honest, I thought I would play better than this considering how well I played in Malaysia last week. The second round was one of my worst golf and that really affected the whole week,” said Kiradech.
“But anyway, the week’s over and I’m looking forward to a bigger and better things ahead,” said Kiradech, who settled for tied-55th place.
Compatriot Thongchai Jaidee could not surmount that much-needed charge after he posted a 73 following rounds of 76, 68 and 68 to finish in tied-46th place.
“I’ve enjoyed the week here in Shanghai although I did not finish off strongly. In golf, you never know. Some weeks, you will play well but sometimes, you might not. Hopefully the next event will be good,” said Thongchai.
Kiradech and Thongchai will head to Turkey next week to take on the best players from the European Tour as well as world number one Tiger Woods.
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