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Thomas Aiken |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (31) / 7/16/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 150
College: South Africa

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Thomas Aiken settled for a 2-under-par 31-39=70 in today's third round of the Memorial to post 9-under 207, one shot off the clubhouse lead and six back of the leader on the course.
Aiken is 0-for-3 at the Memorial missing the cut in 2009, 2011 and last year by one stroke on rounds of 70-75. The South African, a non-member on the PGA TOUR, has 11 professional wins worldwide, most recently winning the 2014 Africa Open on the European Tour (co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour). The 31-year-old began his third round in a three-way tie for 13th at 7-under, five shots off the pace. He striped 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 10 greens in regulation, circling birdies on the third, and four straight on Nos. 5-8 to turn in 5-under 31. His birdie roll on 12 from 26'4" (his longest conversion on the day) had him to 13-under, but stumbled into the house at 4-over, including double bogey-7 on the par-5 15th. Jun 6 - 4:41 PM

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Thomas Aiken found a late groove and rode it to a 4-under-par 37-31=68 in today's second round of the Memorial.

The South African is in the field on an exemption provided leaders on money lists of other circuits. He's currently 12th on the Order of Merit on the Sunshine Tour. After opening with a 69 at Muirfield Village on Thursday, he sat 2-over through 10 holes in today's round before ripping off six birdies on his last eight holes. The set included conversions from 31'7" and 13'1" at the par-5 11th and par-4 13th holes, respectively. At 7-under 137, he's five swings adrift of David Lingmerth's overnight lead at the midpoint.
Jun 5 - 6:39 PM

South African Thomas Aiken will have powerful memories flooding back as he bids for victory at this week's Open de España.

Real Club de Golf El Prat was the scene of his first European Tour triumph in 2011 when he held off Anders Hansen to win by two shots. He dedicated the victory to the great Seve Ballesteros, who had passed away earlier that week. This is the first time the tournament has been back to El Prat and Aiken should welcome it after failing to make the top 40 in his four other appearances in this event. He'll arrive in good form after finishing solo fourth in last week's Mauritius Open, a result which secured a fourth top 10 of the season.
May 12 - 6:06 PM

Thomas Aiken carded a 1-under-par 35-35=70 in the final round of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open to finish at 11-under 273 -- two shots short of the playoff.

The South African stayed in contention until late in the day but bogeys at 4, 8 and 17 ultimately cost him. Aiken was slow out of the blocks at Heritage Golf Club, playing his first six holes in 1-over before three birdies in four holes lifted his hopes again. However, he cooled again and a bogey at the penultimate hole ended his winning chance. At least his closing par breaker lifted him out of a four-way tie and secured solo fourth on his own. It's Aiken's fourth top 10 in 10 starts on the European Tour this season so he remains a reliable choice for gamers.
May 10 - 8:49 AM

Thomas Aiken is a shot behind the clubhouse lead after posting a 5-under-par 35-31=66 in round two of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at Heritage Golf Club.

A fine morning's work took the South African to 7-under-par 135 -- one swing behind pacesetter Pelle Edberg. Aiken managed just a single birdie, at 11, on his opening nine, added another at the first and then closed with three in the final four holes. His only bogey so far this week came at his very first hole of the tournament. Rust was the only issue this week as he hadn't played since early March but there's been no sign of that and he'll have a big chance going into the weekend.
May 8 - 6:28 AM

Thomas Aiken makes the short hop from South Africa to contest this week's inaugural AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open.

The 32-year-old offers plenty to gamers this week with rust the only slight issue. The South African was last seen finishing a creditable T23 in the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Florida where he topped the greens in regulation stats and before that he took a share of 10th spot at the Joburg Open. Heritage GC is a short layout so should suit Aiken's steady tee-to-green game.
May 5 - 3:43 AM

Thomas Aiken is in position once more to challenge for the Joburg Open trophy after carding a second straight 67.

The South African has made the top six in three of his last four starts at this tournament and is just three back with 36 holes to go following a 4-under-par 31-36=67 on the easier West Course at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington. Aiken flew out of the blocks with four straight birdies and added another at the seventh. He found life trickier on the second nine and swallowed bogeys at 13 and 14 before wiping them out straight away with back-to-back birdies. A further blemish at 17 meant he posted 9-under 134 at the midpoint. Having already toured the East in 67 (only four players have beaten that so far this week) he'll relish two more rounds there on the weekend.
Feb 27 - 9:26 AM

Thomas Aiken returns to one of his favorite venues when the European Tour pitches up in South Africa this week.

Local man Aiken has a superb record in the Joburg Open and will be seeking a fourth top six finish in five attempts. He actually failed to cash in three of his first four visits to Royal Johannesburg & Kensington but since missing the cut in 2010 his last four starts show form figures of 3-24-6-5. Last year he shot a third round 63 but missed out on the trophy after a closing 74. Aiken has a ninth place in the Dubai Desert Classic to his name this year although he crashed out at halfway in the following week's Maybank Malaysian Open.
Feb 25 - 6:05 AM

Thomas Aiken toured the Emirates in 3-under-par 36-33=69 to finish at 14-under 274 and secure a tie for ninth spot at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

The South African looked to be slipping back into the pack after a slow start to his final round which included bogeys at one and six against a birdie at two on a front nine 36. But Aiken, who finished T7 on his last appearance in this event in 2011, rallied coming home and circled birdies at 10, 12, 13 and 17 to sneak into the top 10. The 31-year-old hit 14 greens in regulation and found 59 out of 72 across the week.
Feb 1 - 9:27 AM

For finishing atop the Order of Merit on the Sunshine Tour, Thomas Aiken earned an exemption into The Open Championship at St. Andrews.

The native of South Africa won the Africa Open last February and added three top fives, including a joint fifth at today's South African Open Championship. The 31-year-old will be making his eighth appearance in the season's third major. While Aiken has logged a pair of top 10s in The Open, he placed T74 in his only previous try at St. Andrews in 2010.
Jan 11 - 1:40 PM

Thomas Aiken has claimed three European Tour wins in the last four seasons and now has sights on his home South African Open.

The 31-year-old has picked off the 2011 Spanish Open, 2013 Avantha Masters and 2014 Africa Open to take his tally of worldwide victories to 11. But he is yet to see his named carved on the South African trophy despite lining up in the tournament 12 times, dating back to 2000. He missed three of his first four cuts in the event but has run close twice in recent years with third-placed finishes in both 2011 and 2012. He was 17th at this week’s venue, Glendower GC, last year.
Jan 7 - 8:38 AM

Thomas Aiken has picked up a sponsor invite into the RBC Canadian Open this week.

At 109th in the Official World Golf Ranking, Aiken adds some depth to a field that is extremely top heavy. Most of the top players in the world use this as a week to rest between The Open Championship and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. With that, it makes plenty of sense for an invite to be extended to Aiken.Championship, making it hard to attract top talent.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 09:30:00 PM

Thomas Aiken returns to Muirfield Village after a two-year absence for this week's Memorial Tournament.

The South African has teed it up twice since we saw him last at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, yielding a decent T66 at the Open de España and a much better T7 at the BMW PGA Championship. While his top 10 last week on the European Tour is nice, his 0-for-2 record at Muirfield Village is enough to rightfully deter many gamers this week.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Wed, May 28, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Thomas Aiken makes a rare appearance in the United States for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The reason for the South African's journey to TPC Louisiana is hard to reconcile on the surface. He didn't play in the Masters, so it's not like he was just sticking around for an extra shot at a payday. He has no PGA TOUR status, and is playing on a foreign exemption. Each of his most recent four starts have taken place in Africa, with a win at the Africa Open the highlight.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Tue, Apr 22, 2014 08:59:00 PM

It took a sudden-death playoff, but Thomas Aiken outlasted Oliver Fisher when the South African buried a 30-footer for birdie on the first playoff hole to win the Africa Open.

The duo completed regulation in 20-under-par 264 at East London Golf Club in Eastern Cape, South Africa. Aiken closed with a 4-under 33-34=67 on the strength of an eagle and three birdies against one bogey. Fisher offset three bogeys with five birdies en route to a 2-under 35-34=69. This is Aiken's third European Tour title but first in his homeland. "I’ve been waiting for this for quite some time; I’ve won a couple of times overseas, but there is nothing like winning in front of a home crowd," he said. "The South African fans have been unbelievable throughout my whole career so it’s nice to finally get one for you guys. I always love coming back here, and it’s so great to finally get this trophy under my belt." Fifty-four-hole leader Emiliano Grillo faded to share fifth place two shots back after a Sunday 73. John Hahn and David Horsey tied for third one stroke outside the playoff.
Sun, Feb 16, 2014 10:12:00 AM