Nordea Masters top 10 power rankings

Matthew Fitzpatrick. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports
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Kiradech Aphibarnrat. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports /

If nothing else, with his grip-it-and-rip-it style, Kiradech Aphibarnrat will introduce a risk-taking element into the upper level of the Nordea Masters field. Aphibarnrat does have a flair for the dramatic and so even if he doesn’t quite play his way into contention at Barseback, we can rely on him to show us the game’s more dramatic side.

The Thai has been having an up-and-down season – top 10s at Abu Dhabi and Qatar followed by missed cuts at Dubai and the Maybank. He leveled out and recorded a pair of top 25s at the Hero Indian Open and Shenzhen and then stumbled again and missed the cut at the Volvo China Open. But, following his up-and-down pattern, he came back with a T-14 at the BMW PGA Championship last week, so once again Aphibarnrat’s game seems to be trending in the right direction.

Much like Dubuisson and Luiten, Aphibarnrat’s game off the tee isn’t particularly impressive. He ranks 129th on the Tour in driving distance and 122nd in driving accuracy.  And like Dubuisson and Luiten, once he closes in on the putting surface, Aphibarnrat tends to focus on the job before him, so if he doesn’t go adventuring beyond the short grass I’m looking for him to get himself into contention and play for a high finish.