Aphibarnrat Muscles His Way To ‘Down Under’ Perth 6s Glory

Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat, using a centre-shaft putter, captured his fourth European Tour title after a 2 and 1 victory over James Nitties in the final of the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth.

The Callaway attached player only entered this event seven days ago and arrived having not played any practice rounds at Karrinyup Country Club.

He needed four trips up the 18th in a play-off on Saturday night to claim the last of the 24 spots in the Super 6 and then had to come through five rounds of match play and 35 holes on Sunday.

Kairadech Aphibarnrat captures Perth 6s and a fourth European Tout title. (Photo and story – European Tour)

After wins over Ben Eccles, Yusaku Miyazato, Sean Crocker and Lucas Herbert, he produced one final push to beat Nitties and move back into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

The victory is the 28 year old’s second in a match play event after his win at the 2015 Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play.

After 54 holes of stroke play, the players were facing off against each other over the tenth, 11th, 13th, 14th, 12th and 18th, with the 90-yard shootout hole used to separate those still all square.

Nitties hit an excellent approach into the first while Aphibarnrat found the sand and, when the three-time European Tour winner failed to get up and down, he was one down.

It was advantage Aphibarnrat on the second after Nitties was behind a tree off the tee and put his third into the sand but Aphibarnrat could only make a five and the hole was halved.

There was more tree trouble off the tee for Nitties on the next and this time he could not make par, with a four from Aphibarnrat enough to get him back to all square.

An incredible tee-shot to three feet on the driveable fourth set up an Aphibarnrat eagle but he had to hold his nerve to make the putt after Nitties made a remarkable birdie from the trees.

Both men hit good tee-shots into the fifth but when Nitties missed his putt, Aphibarnrat took his chance from ten feet.

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