Aphibarnrat Robs Himself Of A Victory!
Thailand’s come-back kid, Kiradech Aphibarnrat (pictured) was in incredible form at the BMW PGA Championship in Wentworth.
After leading the first two rounds of the tournament, he excited the large crowds in the fourth round as he launched himself on a birdie blitz.
Aphibarnrat, who just regained his full playing status on the PGA Tour had a red-hot putter in his hands as he drained birdies to take the lead and almost guaranteed himself a victory.
However, the big Thai’s undoing came at the 17th hole, a makeable par 5 – he smashed an errant drive out of bounds and after two more attempts, had to go for the green for a bogey.
Dropping a shot and losing his lead, Aphibarnrat was only able to manage a par at the 18th hole and ended his round at 18-under par. Even though this late collapse was a bitter pill to swallow, Aphibarnrat was the perfect gentleman and sportsman by giving an excellent account of himself by smiling and giving the fans fist pumps as he walked off the course.
Meantime, the chasing Billy Horschel (pictured), caught up and took the lead to win the championship by one stroke at 19-under par.
Had Aphibarnrat won the tournament, he would have created history by being the first Asian to win the BMW PGA Championship, the European Tour’s flagship tournament.
Sharing the second place with Aphibarnrat were England’s Laurie Canter and veteran Welshman Jamie Donaldson.
Horschel won the big prize of €1,125,951.98 while the trio of Aphibarnrat, Canter and Donaldson banked a check for €492,898.93 each.