Aphibarnrat in awe of up and coming Aussie

Victorian Lucas Herbert has made at least one new fan at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth this week, Thai superstar Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

The pair played in the same group in the opening rounds of the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth and three-time European Tour Aphibarnrat was in awe of Herbert’s range off the tee around the Lake Karrinyup Country Club layout.

Aphibarnrat in his own right has admirable range and hit his fair share of long drives on Thursday but still highlighted Herbert as a standout.

“I just try to hit bombs, but you know, Lucas is one of the great players out of the Australian players, he hit it miles,” said Aphibarnrat who finished his round at 5-under 67 playing the course for the very first time on Thursday.

“So that’s why I force myself to hit as hard as I can, but I still can’t hit it as far as the kid. I can’t imagine when I was 22, he just bombed it.”

Herbert has enjoyed a purple patch of form over the last few weeks qualifying for his first major, The 147th Open Championship and earning full playing rights on the PGA Tour-China through Qualifying School.

“He’s just such a great player, he’s got a bright future. A lot of great players in the field and it was a really good experience playing with the kid. I mean, when we were walking around, I was saying the last six years I think I can hit long as you, but now I believe you are strong.”

After flying in to Perth on Wednesday afternoon, Aphibarnrat’s preparation time was limited however it didn’t seem to bother his game as he played his way in to a tie for fourth position.

“I got a really decent start, five birdies in the first six holes, which surprised me a little bit,” added Aphibarnrat.

“I didn’t know the course. But I really enjoy it, the golf course is fantastic. Love kangaroos in the golf course, which in Asia we don’t have.

“I watched a lot of the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth last year, it’s great fun. It gives a lot of opportunity to the player that just makes it inside the top-24 and can win the event. I was excited when I knew that I was getting in this week.”

Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Lucas Herbert are currently on course.