Kiradech up for Thai challenge

Kiradech Aphibarnrat says that he is up to the challenge of playing in his home event at the Thailand Golf Championship, which gets underway at the Amata Spring Country Club on Thursday.

The world number 41 has tasted success this year winning in China and Scotland, and although he is part of a strong field this week, which includes past winners Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia, as well as major winners such as Martin Kaymer, Darren Clarke and Bubba Watson, the 26-year-old is not daunted by the challenges ahead.

In a chat with the Asian Tour website, Kiradech said that he was enjoying himself in the build-up to the tournament.

“It’ll be good fun this week. I always look forward to playing at home whenever the opportunity arises," he said.

“I’ve been striking the ball very well but I’ve also been playing a lot of golf lately and I just need to have a really good rest and I’ll be ready."

Kiradech is hoping to become the first Thai to win this weekend’s event.

“I’ll have the entire support of Team Kiradech this week. You will see everyone from my family, staff and children from my academy at Amata Spring. These are motivations good enough for me to do well,” he continued.