Kiradech Aphibarnrat Wins the inaugural Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie MatchPlay event at Murcar Links Golf Club in Scotland, beating Robert Karlsson.
Thailand’s Kiradech had earlier taken out Scotland’s favorite Marc Warren 3 and 2 in the semi’s to get into the final, where he beat Robert in a thrilling encounter, 1 up.
This is his first Tour title on European soil, Kiradech’s previous European Tour victories coming in this year’s Shenzhen International and the 2013 Maybank Malaysian Open.
He was thrilled to finally win on European soil;
“My next step was to win in Europe, so I am happy and so proud of myself.”
“I was so proud to be described as the John Daly of Asia. I was happy with that. He was one of my idols so I studied him.”
“I remember a long time ago some guy kept telling me that if I had a long backswing like that I would not grow up to be a professional.”
“Today I can show them it is not just the backswing, it is how you hole putts to make low scores.”
Robert needed extra holes to edge past David Howell, finally conquering on the 20th hole. He was obviously upset at losing the final, but was happy with his performance;
“It was much better than I expected coming in here. I can take a lot of positives out of it.”
“Obviously getting that close and getting back, obviously it stings a bit, but it is part of being a professional golfer.”
David finished in third place after he too beat Marc Warren, with a 1 up victory;
“You can play weeks on end on the Tour without having that crucial moment where you have got to hit a good shot or hole the putt to win.”
“Very often you only get those feelings to make the cut at those critical moments. Of course match play, you get them every day and every hole, they feel like that, as well.”
“It is a great buzz. I’ve really enjoyed it and I was looking out for a match play tournament to come back out on the Tour for many years”
“It has been a great week and the players have really enjoyed it.”