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Thomas Aiken

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (34) / 7/16/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 150

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Can Thomas Aiken build on a fine record over the West Course at Wentworth when he plays in a ninth BMW PGA Championship this week?
The South African is 6-for-8 on the track, with four finishes of T17 or better and three top tens. In 2014 he was T7 and he set a personal best 12 months ago when T4. Moreover last year he was statistically superb, topping the Total Driving, Total Accuracy, Putting Average and All-Round rankings, plus notching second in Ball-Striking. His consistency is further highlighted by the fact that 18 times (out of 32) he has ended a round at Wentworth ranked inside the top 30. A three-time top five finisher on the European Tour this year, all of them came early in the season. Most recently he was seen missing two cuts on the Web.com Tour at the end of April. May 23 - 11:19 AM

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Thomas Aiken blitzed Pretoria CC for a 9-under-par 31-31=62 in his second round at the Tshwane Open, leaping 89 spots on the live leaderboard to T3 and posting 8-under 134 at the midpoint, just two shots behind clubhouse pacesetters Alexander Bjork and Scott Jamieson.

Starting at 10, the local man set the tone with an opening birdie and also ticked 12, 13, 15 and 18 to turn in 5-under for his first nine. He kept on the gas with more circles at 1, 2 and 3 to make it four on the spin and another gain at 6 meant he needed to play the final three holes in 3-under to break the magic 60 mark. The dream died straight away with a bogey at 7 although he did manage a final splash of red at 8 before a par at the last. After a first-round 72 left Aiken worrying about the cut, he's now in position to make a big run at the title on the weekend.
Mar 3 - 6:33 AM

Thomas Aiken continues to flush the ball and it has him high on the Race to Dubai as he heads to the Maybank Championship at Saujana G&CC this week.

Back on the European Tour full-time after a somewhat flat attempt to crack the PGA Tour and it is business as usual for the South African. Two top fives in South Africa, another in Qatar, plus cuts made in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, means he sits prettily on the early Race to Dubau rankings at No. 11. He's currently on a run of 11-for-11 from the end of the 2016 season (taking in the Web.com and European Tours) and the stats say much about the state of his game. On 9 occassions he ranked top 9 for Ball-Striking (and always top 27) yet he only once ranked better than 48th for Total Putting (16th in Qatar). He's twice visited Malaysia for the national Open. He was T11 on debut in 2013 (familiar story: 3rd for Ball-Striking, 34th for Total Putting) and MC in 2015.
Feb 7 - 6:51 AM

Thomas Aiken stuttered at the finish and signed for a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in round four of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, ending at 15-under 273 and falling one shot shy of the three-man playoff.

A frustrating outcome for the South African who was trying to complete his fourth European Tour win. Starting four shots behind at windy Doha GC, Aiken upped his bid to reel in the leaders with a trio of birdies from Nos. 3-5. A birdie at 11 and several crucial par saves kept him in the hunt and another circle at 16 put him just one shot back. But at the par-3 17th, the left-to-right wind sent his iron into the rough and he couldn't get up and down. A birdie at the last, although he didn't know it at the time, would have got him into a playoff but after finding sand with his second the 33-year-old missed from eight feet. The T4 means Aiken now has form figures of 4-13-5-4 on the Race to Dubai this year. This was also his third top six finish in the Qatar Masters.
Jan 29 - 8:16 AM

Thomas Aiken smoothed a 3-under-par 36-33=69 to move into solo fourth after 54 holes of the CommercialBank Qatar Masters on 11-under 205 at Doha GC, four swings back of the leader Jeunghun Wang.

Aiken made little headway on the front nine despite opening with a birdie-4; his bogey-5 at the 5th saw him turn in level-par. But when he opened the back nine with a run of birdie-par-birdie-par-birdie he crept up the leaderboard. This is his seventh visit to Doha and he is maintaining a very strong record on the course. He's 5-for-6 and this week marks his sixth consectuive cut made. He finished T6 in 2011 and T5 two years ago; on Sunday he has the chance to improve on those efforts. With three career European Tour titles he is the winningest golfer in the top four.
Jan 28 - 8:42 AM

With a walk-off birdie at No. 9, Thomas Aiken put the finishing touches to a bogey-free 4-under-par 34-34=68 and joined Jorge Campillo, Bradley Dredge, Nacho Elvira, Mikko Korhonen and Andy Sullivan in T1 after two rounds of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

The South African became the latest player to reach the clubhouse on 8-under 136 after a lap of Doha that had a bright start, fast finish and solid middle. Starting at 10, Aiken opened with birdies at 10 and 11 to move his score to 6-under and then reeled off 13 straight pars. With the leaderboard so bunched, that left him outside the top 10 but a birdie at 7 and another red number at his final hole of the day put Aiken right where he wants to be. Aiken was the perfect pick for those who like converging trends. He's posted 13-5-4 in three starts on this season's European Tour and has twice finished in the top six in this event. He's a three-time winner on the European Tour, the most recent of those a play-off victory at the 2014 Africa Open.
Jan 27 - 5:15 AM

Silky sand trap skills saw Thomas Aiken confirm T5 in the BMW South African Open after a round four 3-under-par 34-34=69 gave him a total for the week of 14-under 274.

The South African made two early birdies at the 2nd and 4th before stumbling with a bogey at the 5th. He opened the back nine with a red number at the 10th and added another with a superb up and down from a greenside bunker at the 15th, shortly showing more sand skills to save par. He was never in contention for the title, with the final group always ahead of the pack, but this result is his fourth top five finish in his last five starts in the South African Open and an exact repeat of his T5 at Glendower GC 12 months ago. It also continues a smart start to the 2017 season after he was T4 in the Alfred Dunhill Championship last month.
Jan 15 - 7:17 AM

Tournament specialist Thomas Aiken enjoyed another good day at the South African Open, finishing with five straight birdies to register a 5-under-par 36-31=67 in his opening round.

That's just one swing back from leader and compatriot Trevor Fisher, Jr. and puts Aiken T2 on the live board. The South African has three top fives and a further pair of top 20s in his last five starts in his home Open despite the event being played over three different courses during that run. T5 at Glendower last year, he struggled to make a mark on his return to the par 72 today and had to settle for a opening nine (10-18) comprised only of pars. He broke the sequence with a birdie at 1 but gave the shot back via a bogey-6 at 2. But then Aiken found his usual mojo in this event and splashed red at 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 to finish with a bang and pull within one of the lead.
Jan 12 - 6:12 AM

Thomas Aiken might relish the new venue, Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort, as he seeks a first top ten finish in his fourth appearance at the Turkish Airlines Open.

The 33-year-old South African has retained his card in each of the last eight years on the European Tour and he will be looking to make it nine in 2017 after a failed attempt to crack the PGA TOUR this year. No matter, he's needed just seven starts in Europe to retain his card, thanks largely to his T4 in the BMW PGA Championship. At 72nd on the Race to Dubai he will be keen to put a spurt on in the next two weeks to secure a place in the DP World Tour Championship. He'll need an improvement on his last two outings: T33 at the British Masters and T37 in the Portugal Masters. A statistical quirk (possibly related) of his years on Tour: he's hit more greens in regulation year on year, but taken more putts per rounds year on year too. Putting has also been a problem in this event (never broken 120 swings) so maybe he'll appreciate the new venue (with Bermuda rather than Bent grass on the greens).
Tue, Nov 1, 2016 03:21:00 PM

Thomas Aiken fashioned a quality lap of Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort, scoring 4-under 34-33=67 to peg a halfway total of 7-under 135, good enough for a share of the very early clubhouse lead in the second round of the Made in Denmark tournament.

The South African is making just his fifth start on the European Tour this season, and only his second in Europe itself, but thanks to T4 in the BMW PGA Championship he's on track to reach the DP World Tour Championship finale in Dubai, at 63rd on the rankings. This week could see him take another step nearer that goal. He opened with a bogey on No. 2 before three birdies in four holes from the third changed his fortunes. There were another three par breakers on the back nine, alongside one bogey on 17. The final red number came courtesy of a chip in on 18 using his utility club from the fringe. He's hit 24 of 28 fairways and 29 of 36 greens in regulation.
Fri, Aug 26, 2016 07:22:00 AM

Thomas Aiken marched up the leaderboard at the Wyndham Championship with a 4-under-par 33-33=66 during round two, reaching 6-under 134 at the midpoint.

The South African striped 13 (of 14) fairways today, 25 on the week to rank first at the moment. That is not surprising since he entered the week ranked second on TOUR in driving accuracy. What is surprising is his approach and short-game play thus far. He's gained 2.283 strokes approaching-the-green and 2.410 strokes putting. Aiken entered the week ranked 128th and 99th on TOUR in those two strokes gained sub-categories. The best finish for the 32-year-old this season is a T15 at the Zurich Classic, but he will eclipse that if he maintains his current pace. At 173rd in the FedExCup standings, it may be too little, too late, unless he cracks the top three by week's end.
Fri, Aug 19, 2016 02:19:00 PM

PGA TOUR rookie Thomas Aiken tossed up a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in today's third round of the Barracuda Championship to post 23 points total, up 27 places to T8 with play still in progress.

The 32-year-old snapped a streak of five consecutive missed cuts on TOUR this week in Reno after opening his second appearance (T51/2013) with 7 and 4 points, respectively. He added 12 points to his tally in R3 with five birdies against three bogeys, but did the most damage with a 17'5" roll for eagle-3 at the eighth and 5 points in the Modified Stableford format. The South African landed just 10 greens in regulation but converted five times for 1.600 putts per GIR, also adding a pitch-in from 21'5" away for birdie-3 at the fifth.
Sat, Jul 2, 2016 08:31:00 PM

Thomas Aiken marked all sorts of numbers as he carded a level-par 33-39=72 over the West Course at Wentworth in the BMW PGA Championship.

The South African finished T4 on 6-under 282 after a round in which he started as a distant challenger, became a genuine contender, threw in big numbers and then finished strong to make the top five. The birdies on the front nine were the good news, marked at 4, 6 and 7, with a bogey on 6. But double bogey-5 on 10 and bogey-5 on 11 seemed to have destroyed his hopes of a fine finish. However with the leaders going backwards he could still add another double bogey (a 6 on the par-4 16th) and find himself in the hunt of a big check. He collected it, too, with birdies on 12, 17 and 18. He missed just two fairways all day, the problems came from around the greens, as he was just 2-for-6 in Scrambling.
Sun, May 29, 2016 01:31:00 PM

Thomas Aiken cruised through TPC Louisiana with a 3-under-par 34-35=69 during the second round of the Zurich Classic to arrive at halftime with a score of 7-under 137.

The South African arrived as the epitome of fairways and greens, ranking inside the top 10 in both driving accuracy and GIR percentage. So far only the former is holding true as he's split 25 (of 28) fairways through two round, but has landed just 23 greens in regulation. Luckily his flat stick has picked up the slack, currently ranked inside the top 15 in the field for strokes gained putting this week. During the second round specifically he reeled in five putts from outside eight feet. The longest was a 16'4" birdie splash on the par-4 16th hole. Aiken currently ranks 170th in the FedExCup race so a strong finish over the weekend would go along way for the veteran who is playing a full-time PGA TOUR schedule for the first time in his career.
Fri, Apr 29, 2016 07:04:00 PM

Thomas Aiken arrives in San Antonio, Texas, for his tournament debut at this week's Valero Texas Open.

The South African has collected six paychecks in 10 starts this season. He's done it with precision, ranking first on TOUR in driving accuracy at 74.18 percent of fairways hit. That has translated to greens in regulation, as well, currently ranked 7th on the PGA TOUR. Aiken is having his first look at TPC San Antonio but his precision could help on a tight layout like this.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Wed, Apr 20, 2016 05:05:00 PM