Kiradech Aphibarnrat's walking around Bay Hill with a hat Tiger Woods autographed for him this week
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Kiradech Aphibarnrat’s walking around Bay Hill with a hat Tiger Woods autographed for him this week

Kiradech Aphibarnat has enjoyed a pretty great 2018 to this point. He won on the European Tour in the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth. He had a late run at the WGC-Mexico Championship. He's ranked in the top 35 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Not much going better for the Barnrat of late, but his hot run somehow got even better on Tuesday at the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Aphibarnrat went up to Tiger Woods and straight-up asked him for an autograph on his hat -- and Woods gave it to him.'s Sean Martin caught a picture of Aphibarnrat proudly wearing his Callaway Golf visor, as freshly autographed by Tiger Woods, around Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando.

How great is that? Old-school Woods probably would've been so off-putting that the Barnrat wouldn't have even bothered going up to him like a giddy kid for a John Hancock. Now, 42-year-old, four-back-surgery, happy-to-be-back Tiger Woods is signing 'graphs for fellow players on an off-brand hat. Incredible.

Hopefully, Aphibarnrat wears that Woods-autographed hat all week. Every day. Don't take it off. The guy is the absolute best, and I'd love to see nothing more than a Woods-Aphibarnrat final pairing.

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