With this win - Kiradech Aphibarnrat

Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat kept his cool to beat Robert Karlsson by one hole in the final of the inaugural Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play.

The 26 year old was three holes up with four to play before losing the 15th, 16th and 17th, but he held his nerve at the 18th to secure his third European Tour title.

Aphibarnrat, who ended hopes of a home win when he saw off Scotland's Marc Warren in the last four, took a two hole lead after birdieing three of the first four holes, and he increased his advantage at the sixth as Karlsson twice tangled with the heavy rough.

Karlsson reduced the deficit to just one hole after firing birdies at the eighth and ninth but Aphibarnrat took the 11th and 14th to return to three up.

Two birdies and a par at the next three holes saw the Swede draw level, and he looked to be in control on the 18th when he fired his approach to ten feet.

But Aphibarnrat also produced a sensational second shot at the last, and after Karlsson had missed his putt, he rolled in from four feet to win the tournament.

Aphibarnrat, whose previous European Tour victories came in this year's Shenzhen International and the 2013 Maybank Malaysian Open, was thrilled to win on European soil.

He said: “I was striking the ball well and hitting it so good on the front nine, but then I lost a bit of energy and control.

"I started pulling some drives but I have to say I putted very well today and sank a lot of important putts – especially the putt to win which was very short but it was great to see it hit the middle of the hole.

"I didn’t have too high expectations this week but I just came here and tried to enjoy the whole experience of playing in Scotland.

Read more at http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2015/tournamentid=2015058/news/newsid=266679.html#secAEauVFfvvBmco.99


posted at 03 Aug 2015 12:55:01



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