'Asia's John Daly' Kiradech Aphibarnrat into semi-finals

AFP| Updated: Aug 02, 2015, 08:42 AM IST
'Asia's John Daly' Kiradech Aphibarnrat into semi-finals

Thailand`s Kiradech Aphibarnrat lived up to his billing as "Asia`s John Daly" on Saturday when his ambitious game gave him a place in the Paul Lawrie Matchplay semi-finals.

The 26-year-old recovered from a shaky start to beat Michael Hoey 2 and 1 in his quarter-final.

Kiradech was three down after four holes, but he went on to win four of the last seven to see off his opponent and book a last-four clash on Sunday against second-seeded Scot Marc Warren.

Earlier Saturday, Kiradech, a two-time tour winner after capturing the 2013 Malaysia Open and this year`s Shenzhen International, had won his third-round clash against South Africa`s Thomas Aiken 4 and 3.

Warren shot an eagle on the 19th hole to secure his spot in the semi-finals.

The Scotsman overcame a back problem and a three-hole deficit to beat England`s Tyrrell Hatton in a play-off.

David Howell was the first man to qualify for the final four when he beat fellow Englishman Chris Wood 5 and 4. 

Howell will take on Robert Karlsson in Sunday`s semi-final after the Swede beat home favourite Richie Ramsay by one hole.