Kiradech Aphibarnrat has been struggling with his swing since the death of coach and mentor Natpasit Chokthanasart.
KUALA LUMPUR: Thai golfer Kiradech Aphibarnrat’s title defence at the Maybank Malaysian Open came to an early end when he withdrew from the third round due to tonsillitis.
The big-hitting 25-year-old sought treatment at a hospital late Friday but was still feeling under the weather after getting an antibiotic injection.
It was a disappointing end to his title defence as the reigning Asian Tour number one had finished the second round on a two-under 142 total to tie at 25th.
The Thai star suffered a mixed bag on Friday with a second straight one-under 71, which left him 11 shots behind leader Lee Westwood of England.
Big-hitting Kiradech sank seven birdies but four bogeys and one double bogey on the card left the EurAsia Cup star grappling to find some consistency with his swing, something he has struggled with following the death of his coach and mentor Natpasit Chokthanasart.
“My short game was not good enough. When I hit a perfect approach, I was making birdies from inside six feet so that was good. But my swing is not in good shape at the moment.”