I hate Kiradech Aphibarnrat, the pudgy Thai golfer. Mind, he speaks well of me and my intense dislike began at the the 15th hole of the Dutch yesterday. I had backed him each way at 40-1 and after 68 holes he was tourney leader. He double bogeyed the 15th. The 16th he hit a lovely pitch to the green and hit the brow of the split level green. The ball could have rolled to the pin or backwards. It went backwards but he made a tricky par. At the 18th he out-drove leader Romain Wattel and had the simpler chip in. He hit the water and double bogeyed again. So he dropped 4 shots in the final four, and did not even finish in a each way place. No wonder I hate him. Romain Wattel, who won his first tournament, was more of steady Eddy parring the final 4. Golf is a test of nerves especially on the European Tour where the prize money for a place is much less than the USPGA and there is a “go for it” mentality .
Then suddenly he became a winner and was so by 5 shots yesterday.
I was on Jason Day who went from Major winner to also-ran over the same period as his fellow Aussie found his winning mojo. With the competition for Fedex places so intense, it’s very competitive. The 33 year old from Victoria already has won the Arnold Palmer Invitational this year and $5,700,000 in prize money.