Golf: Kiradech lives as a monk ahead of US Open bid
Published on May 19, 2014 6:29 PM
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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