Aphibarnrat has twin goals

12 December 2017 20:25:25 GMTPlus11

Kiradech Aphibarnrat will be hoping to climb back into the world's top 50 when he bids for title glory at the Indonesian Masters this week.

Going into the Asian Tour's season-ending flagship event, the Thai is ranked 56th but knows that a place at April's US Masters is one of the prizes up for grabs if he can secure his place in the leading 50.

He'll head to Indonesia full of confidence after posting four top 10s in his last six European Tour events, a run which included two second places, and a win in the Asian Development Tour's Thongchai Jaidee Foundation on Sunday.

His rivals for the trophy at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club this week include Justin Rose and Brandt Snedeker.

Aphibarnrat said: "The way I have been playing the last couple of months is fantastic. I am more confident to play this week especially since I have been striking the ball better.

"With Justin Rose and a lot of good players out here, it will not be an easy week. But with the way I am playing, I am still aiming high and I hope to keep knocking on the doors and giving myself more opportunities.

"It has been such a successful year, I am very happy with the way I am playing and how confident I am in my swing.

"I think I proved to myself that I can get back to the top 50 or top 30 in the world."

The 28-year-old, who has three European Tour wins, added: "The Masters is one of the best events in the world. My aim is to be part of the field at the Masters and finish inside the top five."

Aphibarnrat isĀ 8.00 to win the Indonesian Masters, with Rose 4.00, Dylan FrittelliĀ 13.00 and Snedeker 11.00.

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