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Thomas Aiken

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

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Thomas Aiken, winner of the 2011 Open de España, returns to the tournament at Madrid venue Centro Nacional de Golf.
The South African has always been a solid traveler to Spain. Not only did he claim that win seven years ago, he has, in total, nine top 25 finishes from just 16 starts and five of them are top tens. A new venue for him this week, but that strong location form should suit and he'll be emboldened by an upturn in form. Five of his first seven starts in the season reaped missed cuts, with the two exceptions ordinary on first glance. But when T31 in the Hong Kong Open he had been T2 at halfway and when T51 in the Dubai Desert Classic he'd been T8 at halfway. He finally turned snippets into reward with T8 in the Tshwane Open last time out. A good way to enter this week. Apr 10 - 9:56 AM

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Thomas Aiken cruised into contention at the Tshwane Open, hosted by Pretoria CC, with a third lap 4-under-par 34-33=67 to hoist a 54-hole total of 10-under 203, good for T4 and just four strokes behind leader George Coetzee.

The South African loves this track, making it the perfect venue for him to break his poor form. He owns seven top 15 finishes from eight visits and looks set to make it eight from nine after a bogey-free circuit on Saturday. On the front nine he ticked No. 4 and then on the back nine he circled 10, 11 and 15, but perhaps his shot of the day was on the 13th. He had missed the green on the right at the 468-yard par-4, leaving himself horribly short-sided. He was in thick rough, well below the green, the putting surfaces sloping away from him, a tree impeding his route. His hacking chip left him 4'0" for par and he made it. He's 6-for-8 at breaking 70 in the final round on this course. A repeat should see him confirm a top five finish this week.
Mar 3 - 9:55 AM

Thomas Aiken's poor form looks set to be cracked by a return to his favored Pretoria CC; he posted a first round 6-under-par 31-34=65 to lie T2 in the clubhouse early on Thursday at the Tshwane Open in Waterkloof, South Africa.

The South African hasn't made a top ten anywhere in the world since he ticked three in four starts at the beginning of the 2017 season. Moreover he has broken 70 just twice in his last 13 round one circuits. He changed that this week and in some style. The first sign was not good: Bogey at his first hole, the tenth. But five straight par breakers followed and he added another at 18 for good measure. The back nine was quieter, with bogey at No. 4 offset by ticks at 5 (from 25'0") and 9. He owns six top ten finishes in eight starts on the course, and yet this is only the second time he has bettered 70 in the first round. It equals his R1 best, but his lowest lap was a 62 in last year's round two. Post anything like that and he'll be in superb shape heading into the weekend.
Mar 1 - 6:24 AM

Thomas Aiken swallowed a triple bogey-8 on his 10th hole but still managed to hand in a 5-under-par 31-36=67 in the second round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, reaching 10-under 134 at the midpoint to sit just three behind halfway leader Jamie Donaldson.

The South African, who also hung up a 67 on day one, cruised to the turn in just 31 after picking up shots at 3, 4, 8 and 9. But at the par-5 10th his drive hit a cart path and went out of bounds, resulting in Aiken giving three of those gains back in just one hole. However, he didn't let that setback deter him and found four more red circles coming home, including a closing pair at 17 and 18. "I went through an equipment change the last few months and struggling to find drivers, fairway woods, etc., etc," said Aiken. "But finally everything kind of clicked this week. Put some new woods in the bag and got a new set of irons last week, so everything's slowly coming together."
Jan 26 - 7:35 AM

With the low round of the day, a bogey-free 6-under-par 31-33=64, Thomas Aiken surged up to second spot at the UBS Hong Kong Open on Friday, his 36-hole total of 7-under 133 putting him two behind leader SSP Chawrasia.

Aiken's excellent second loop of Fanling catapulted him 17 spots up the leaderboard and he has a two-shot gap to a four-man group in T3. The South African set the tone with an opening circle and also ticked 4 and 8 to turn in 31. After a steady start to his second nine, the World No. 276 picked up further shots at 13, 16 and 17 to put himself in great position for a weekend challenge. It wasn't easy to see this coming. Aiken has four MCs and a T46 in his last five starts (all on the European Tour) and crashed out early in his only previous appearance at Fanling in 2010.
Fri, Nov 24, 2017 04:21:00 AM

Thomas Aiken is back on European soil this week to contest the KLM Open at The Dutch in the Netherlands.

The South African last teed it up on that side of the pond when T32 at the Scottish Open so he needs to get his starts ticking over again to retain membership and this week represents a 14th appearance of the campaign. Since June's trip to Scotland he's played in four Web.com events but with little success (14-MC-69-MC). Aiken does have some decent form in this event at previous venues with a run of 26-16-22 from 2012-2014 but this will be his first look at The Dutch. It's a Colin Montgomerie design that rewards strong iron play so, in theory, that's good news for Aiken as that's his strength. Whether he's sharp enough at the moment to cash in remains open to debate.
Wed, Sep 13, 2017 08:15:00 AM

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.
Tue, May 23, 2017 11:19:00 AM

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.
Fri, Mar 3, 2017 06:33:00 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.
Tue, Feb 7, 2017 06:51:00 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.
Sun, Jan 29, 2017 08:16:00 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.
Sat, Jan 28, 2017 08:42:00 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.
Fri, Jan 27, 2017 05:15:00 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.
Sun, Jan 15, 2017 07:17:00 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.
Thu, Jan 12, 2017 06:12:00 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