Aphibarnrat wins Paul Lawrie Match Play for 3rd title

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Aphibarnrat wins Paul Lawrie Match Play for 3rd title

ABERDEEN, Scotland -- Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand won the inaugural Paul Lawrie Match Play by holing a 4-foot putt for birdie on No. 18 to beat Sweden's Robert Karlsson by one hole in the final.

Aphibarnrat beat Marc Warren of Scotland 3 and 2 in the semifinals then went 3 up with four holes to play against Karlsson, only to lose three holes in a row.

Karlsson sent his approach to No. 18 to 10 feet but Aphibarnrat went even closer. After Karlsson dragged his birdie attempt wide, Aphibarnrat made his putt to clinch a third European Tour title and a first prize of 122,000 pounds ($190,000).

The 26-year-old Aphibarnrat's previous wins came in Malaysia and China, and he said: "The next step was to win in Europe. I'm happy and proud of myself."

Karlsson beat David Howell on the 20th hole in their semifinal.

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