ORLANDO, Fla. – Kiradech Aphibarnrat had been waiting for an American breakthrough, waiting to be healthy, waiting to be comfortable with his new swing.
That day came on Saturday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational when Aphibarnrat scorched the front-nine with a 6-under 30 on his way to a third-round 65 to move into the hunt for his first PGA Tour title.
It was the breakthrough Aphibarnrat had been waiting for after a difficult 2014 when he was slowed by an injury (right knee), equipment change and the normal adjustment that comes with a new swing coach.
“I played a lot last year in the United States, but would just make the cut, kind of finish high, you know, just waiting for today to come,” said Aphibarnrat, who opened with rounds of 70-71.
One thing Aphibarnrat didn’t have to wait for was an answer from his fiancée, who he proposed to two weeks ago.
“You can play in a lot of tournaments, but you only get engaged once,” smiled Aphibarnrat, who plans to get married at the end of this year.
In 12 Tour starts, Aphibarnrat’s best finish in the United States is a tie for 25th at the 2013 PGA Championship, and he said on Saturday he looks forward to one day playing full time on the Tour.