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Kiradech beat Nitties to win ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth

Press Trust of India  |  Perth 

Thailand's hugely talented Kiradech Aphibarnrat beat of 2&1 to win the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 here today.

The 28-year-old recovered brilliantly from being 1-down after two holes to win three consecutive holes and beat his opponent in the grand finals of the Australian Dollar 1.75 million (approximately USD 1.25 million) event.

Kiradech progressed after winning a tense, four-hole playoff over Australia's at the end of round three.

After besting of 1-up in the first round, Kiradech beat 2017 number one Yusaku Miyazato in a close match that stretched to the fifth Knockout Hole.

He went on to defeat of the 1 -up in the quarter finals and of in the semi-finals at the first Knockout Hole.

Nitties beat fellow Australians Nick Cullen, Dimitrios Papadatos and Callan OReilly as well as England's Sam Horsfield at before meeting Kiradech in the finals.

In the match for third place, Herbert beat Horsfield 3&1.

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

did not get a chance to practice at the as he flew into the evening prior to the tournament. He was the to enter the competition, the to enter the matchplay knockout rounds and the last man standing.

Kiradech has won a matchplay event in his professional career previously, at the 2015

He will be competing at the Championships, an event on the Asian Development Tour, from March 7 to 10.

James Nitties' most recent professional win was the South Pacific in 2015. He beat the field by six shots.

Nitties played the Knockout Hole only once enroute to the finals, in round one against

He finished tied 68th in last year's ISPS HANDA World Super 6 after carding 70 73.

Prom Meesawat earned Australian Dollar 25,000 by virtue of finishing in first place after 54 holes. of the United States, of Australia and Thorbjorn Olesen of split another Australian Dollar 25,000 for their tied second finish.

The Knockout Hole was played from a new tee box located approximately 80 to 90 metres from the 18th green on the right-hand side of the 18th fairway.

Kiradech said, "It has been an awesome week. In the last few months, I've been getting really close at winning a tournament and I've finally done it. Every single shot counts especially in matchplay. Every single match was tough.

"James (Nitties) was playing so well, and he was just unlucky at the end. The drive at the fourth matchplay hole was one of the best tee shots in my life so far.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 17:15 IST