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Golf: Kiradech lives as a monk ahead of US Open bid

Published on May 19, 2014 6:29 PM
 
Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand during an official practice round ahead of the EurAsia Cup, at the Glenamarie Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur on March 25, 2014. Asian Tour No. 1 Kiradech Aphibarnrat has taken an unusual path as he bids to qualify for the US Open next month - he has been living as a monk. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

HONG KONG (AFP) - Asian Tour No. 1 Kiradech Aphibarnrat has taken an unusual path as he bids to qualify for the US Open next month - he has been living as a monk.

The world No. 83 from Thailand needs to break into the top 60 by June 9 to play in the year's second Major and he swopped his golfing attire for a robe at the Buddhist Wat Veerachoti Thamaram temple, 80km from Bangkok last week.

The 24-year-old spent seven days at the temple where he shaved his head and eyebrows, woke up at 4.30am, meditated, walked bare-footed for several kilometres to gather food, cleaned the temple grounds and ate just one meal a day.

"In Thai culture, you have to do this once in your lifetime when you're aged between 21 to 25. It is a mark of respect to our parents," Kiradech said in a statement released by the Asian Tour.

 
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