Kiradech Aphibarnrat has claimed overall glory at the ISPS Handa World Super 6 in Perth after winning the matchplay event on Sunday.

Aphibarnrat claims matchplay success in Perth

Aphibarnrat claims matchplay success in Perth

The Thailand ace only qualified for the final day of the event after coming through a play-off on Saturday, but he showcased all his quality during the six-hole shootout tournament, seeing off Australia's Ben Eccles in his first match of the day.

The world number 53 then had to battle back from a hole down to beat Japan's Yusaku Miyazato in the last 16, eventually prevailing at the fifth shootout hole, before he secured a relatively more routine victory over Sean Crocker of the United States in the quarter-finals.

The 28-year-old was then forced to come from behind once again as he booked his place in the final by beating Australian Lucas Herbert at the first extra hole, that victory set up a meeting with another home favourite, James Nitties, in the final.

Aphibarnrat again fell behind at the first hole of the final, but he then recorded birdies at the 3rd, 4th and 5th to secure his fourth victory on the European Tour, while he also became just the second winner of the Perth event since it reverted to both a stroke and matchplay format last year.

The newly crowned champion was certainly pleased with his first European Tour success since 2015 and he believes returning to the winners' circle had been on the cards for some time.

Speaking to the European Tour website, Aphibarnrat said: 'It's just been an awesome week. I don't know how to explain but I'm so happy.

'I'm working so hard. The last few months I've been getting really close and finally I've done it.'


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