Whenever the European Tour comes up with something a little bit different from the usual 72-hole stroke-play event, it clearly pays to look out for Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
The second staging of the World Super 6 Perth again proved a hit and with two worthy winners in its first two years its immediate future looks secure. "I don't know how to explain but I'm so happy".
Local amateur Min Woo Lee set a cracking early pace in the matchplay rounds, shooting birdies on 10 of his first 11 holes. "It was really tough to get in the last 24 and then it was also tough in every single match", he added after a success that will lift him back into the top 50 in the world rankings.
After only deciding to play at the last minute, Aphibarnrat arrived in the Western Australia capital on the eve of the event and teed-up the next day without the benefit of a practice round on the Lake Karrinyup course.
Lee was looking the player to beat after two matches but came undone in the quarter-finals as a wayward shot out of the bunker on the fourth hole handed England's Sam Horsfield a 3 and 2 win.
He was behind Australian Lucas Herbert with one hole to play in the semi-final but the Victorian narrowly missed a three-meter putt which would have won the match.
"It's a sad way to go down considering another win might have got me some playing rights somewhere in the world because I now have no status, but it was a great week", said Nitties. I'm working so hard. The Thai golfer defeated James Nitties by 2&1 in the final.
In all, he played 93 holes-15 of those the 18th or the 93-yard "shoot-out hole" created to break any tied matches-and 35 on the final day.
In the match for third place, Herbert beat Horsfield 3&1.
"Considering I was a four-footer away from losing the first match, it was pretty positive stuff getting to the finals", he said after losing the final. "Well, I got a lot of golf fans so I just can't let them down".
Aphibarnrat acknowledged his putting as the biggest difference in his play on the final day that delivered his fourth European Tour and first in Australia, where he is sure to return.
With the business end of the tournament fast approaching Aphibarnrat found his rhythm and despite the extraordinary amount of golf he had already played somehow managed to focus in an enthralling encounter with Australia's Lucas Herbert. With Aphibarnrat throwing his weight behind the format and talking about the event in a way that could easily have been a description of his own play and experiences this week in Perth. It just make it more exciting and interesting. I think the kids might love it.
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