BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat shot a 9-under-par 63 on Friday to win a 36-hole Asia regional qualifying tournament for this year's British Open.
Kiradech, with a 13-under total of 131 at the Amata Springs Country Club, was one of four players to advance to the July 18-21 tournament at Muirfield, the 142nd British Open.
Two-time Asia-Pacific amateur champion Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, who shared the first-round lead, shot 69 Friday to finish second, four strokes behind. Daisuke Maruyama of Japan (65) and Wu Ashun of China (68) also qualified by finishing tied for third.
Teenage Chinese amateur Guan Tianlang, who won the Asia-Pacific amateur championship at the same course last year and has qualified for the U.S. Masters, shot 74 Friday to finish 16 strokes behind.