KIRADECH BEATS NITTIES TO WIN THE ISPS HANDA WORLD SUPER 6 PERTH
February 12, 2018
Perth, Australia, February 11: Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand beat James Nitties of Australia 2&1 to win the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth on Sunday.
The 28-year-old golfer recovered brilliantly from being 1-down after two holes to win three consecutive holes and beat his opponent in the grand finals of the A$1.75 million (approximately US$1.25 million) event.
Kiradech progressed to Sunday after winning a tense, four-hole playoff over Australia’s Anthony Quayle at the end of round three.
After besting Ben Eccles of Australia 1-up in the first round, Kiradech beat 2017 Japan Golf Tour number one Yusaku Miyazato in a close match that stretched to the fifth Knockout Hole.
He went on to defeat Sean Crocker of the United States 1-up in the quarter finals and Lucas Herbert of Australia in the semi-finals at the first Knockout Hole.
Nitties beat fellow Australians Nick Cullen, Dimitrios Papadatos and Callan O’Reilly as well as England’s Sam Horsfield at Lake Karrinyup Country Club before meeting Kiradech in the finals.
In the match for third place, Herbert beat Horsfield 3&1.
Asian Tour players Pavit Tangkamolprasert, Poom Saksansin, Prom Meesawat and Yi-keun Chang also played in the knockout matchplay rounds of the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth.
In the first round, Thailand’s Pavit established the pace with a birdie at the second hole, but he eventually lost to Australia’s Callan O’Reilly 2&1. Compatriot Poom was narrowly eliminated by Marcus Fraser of Australia at the sixth Knockout Hole.
Prom, who received a bye into the second round, got knocked out of the competition by amateur golfer Min Woo Lee 2-up. Lee was in irresistible form, scoring five birdies against Prom.
Chang of Korea made it to the second round after defeating Zander Lombard of South Africa 3&2. However, he was eliminated by Australia’s Brad Kennedy at the first Knockout Hole.