Kiradech Aphibarnrat beats James Nitties to win ISPS Handa World Super 6 title
By Andy Charles
Last Updated: 11/02/18 4:43pm
Kiradech Aphibarnrat completed a remarkable victory at the ISPS Handa World Super 6 in Perth with a win over James Nitties in the matchplay final.
The Thailand star, who only committed to the event last weekend, had to come through a play-off on Saturday for the 24th and final place in Sunday's six-hole shootout tournament.
Aphibarnrat had a couple of escapes in getting the better of Anthony Quayle on Saturday and he had to come through another rollercoaster ride in five six-hole matchplay rounds to secure his fourth European Tour title.
He moved into the last-16 with a one hole victory over Australia's Ben Eccles but his second round match took 11 holes to complete, with Aphibarnrat battling back from a hole down to tie his match with Japan's Yusaku Miyazato and eventually progressing on the fifth shootout hole.
Leading strokeplay qualifier Prom Meesawat failed to make it through his first match, beaten by amateur Min-Woo Lee in the second, and Lee would make it to the quarter-finals before losing to Englishman Sam Horsfield.
Ryder Cup hopeful Thorbjorn Olesen, who finished tied for second over the first 54 holes, also failed in his first matchplay outing as he was knocked out by Cal O'Reilly.
O'Reilly went on to lose an all-Australia quarter-final against Nitties, while Aphibarnrat made it through with a one hole win over Sean Crocker.
The semi-finals saw Nitties beat Horsfield 2&1, while Aphibarnrat again had to come from behind to reach the final, birdieing the final hole to tie his match with Lucas Herbert before winning the first shootout hole.
Nitties opened the final by taking the lead at the opening hole, thanks to a par, but Aphibarnrat levelled the match at the third when his opponent found trouble off the tee.
And he would finish off the match in spectacular fashion, Aphibarnrat driving the par-four fourth hole and holing out for an eagle two before knocking his tee-shot at the short fifth to within six feet and converting for a birdie.
Horsfield finished third overall after beating Herbert 3&1.