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Do you need a reason to watch The Masters? Perhaps golf isn’t your favorite sport, but you want in on the excitement this week. You need a man to root for, to check for on the leaderboards, and to brag to your friends about. You need a hero. I’ve got just the guy.
Say hello to Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
If you have listened to Barley Pop Sports, you know he’s my new favorite golfer. He has been referred to as “Asia’s John Daly” because he can rip tee shots and because, well, he’s a hoss. The PGA has him at 5’8″ 228lbs. I’m taking the over. (They also have John Daly at 215…c’mon son) We love fat golfers though, right? John Daly, Andrew “Beef” Johnston, and now Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
The 28 year old from Bangkok, Thailand currently sits in the 29th slot in the World Golf Rankings. During his professional career, which began in 2008, he has won 11 times. He last played in The Masters in 2016. His first and only trip to Augusta awarded him a T15 finish.
Kiradech spends all of his winnings on shoes, watches, and Ferrari’s. In a Golf Digest article written last year, it is said he owned 15 pairs of Yeezys. Those shoes are often north of $1000 dollars. Do you big fella.
Aphibarnrat isn’t afraid to call his shot. When he only had $15k in his account he bought a $150k car because he though he could play well enough to pay it off. Ninety days later, he did. Shooters shoot.
If you look for him this week on the course, look for a cloud of smoke. He use to rip scuds on the course but now he blows vape clouds like a smoke stack at a nuclear power plant. Power move by a power guy.
Vegas Insider has Aphibarnrat at 100-1 to win a green jacket. My advice? Forget Tiger, forget DJ, forget Crybaby Thomas, take out a second mortgage and lay it all down on the Thai Smoke Train. Sure things don’t come around too often.
See you at the bank.