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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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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

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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.
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.
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.
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

With a bogey-free, 5-under-par 34-33=67 in his final round, Thomas Aiken recorded a three-stroke victory at the Avantha Masters.

The South African merely held serve on Sunday after his third-round 62 set the stage. He slept on a three-shot advantage over China's W.C. Liang, who closed with a 69. Runner-up Gaganjeet Bhullar of this week's host country, India, crafted a field-low 64 in the finale at Jaypee Greens GC in Greater Noida, a southeast suburb of Delhi. It was the first time in its four-history that this tournament was contested there. For the week, Aiken missed just 10 greens in regulation and converted two eagles and 21 birdies against just two bogeys. He posted 23-under 265 en route to his second career European Tour title (2011 Open de España). "I’ve been playing very nicely the last four months, not making a lot of mistakes, but just not sinking enough putts," he said. "This week a few went in, I hit some better iron shots which gave me a better chance to sink some putts, and I played some phenomenal golf."
Sun, Mar 17, 2013 11:53:00 AM

Thomas Aiken posted a 4-under-par 35-33=68 in his opening round of the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, finishing three strokes in arrears of the overnight co-leaders.

Aiken erased a pair of bogeys with six birdies, four of which on par 5s. He walked off the Olazábal Course at Mission Hills Golf Club having birdied the par-4 18th to plant the seed for some momentum on Friday.
Thu, Nov 1, 2012 04:30:00 AM

A steady 2012 for Thomas Aiken has him in the field at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.

The South African has been busy, with 17 paydays in 21 events as he’s trotted the globe. Though he’s winless this season, he managed a tie for second at the Dimension Data Pro-Am. Perhaps more impressive was his tie for seventh at the British Open.
Tue, Oct 30, 2012 09:31:00 PM

Thomas Aiken has been added to the published field of this week's RBC Canadian Open.

Aiken tied for seventh at the British Open to earn the exemption (for finishing inside the top 10). The non-member will be making his third start on the PGA TOUR this year (MC, Mayakoba).
Mon, Jul 23, 2012 10:13:00 AM

Thomas Aiken settled for a 2-over-par 34-38=72 in the final round of the British Open to end the week at 1-under 279.

Though the finale didn't go as he would have wished, it was still good enough for a top-10 finish and a date in next year's edition. He circled three birdies, but those were more than erased by five bogeys.
Sun, Jul 22, 2012 12:55:00 PM

Thomas Aiken bogeyed three of his first six hole during the third round of the British Open, but bounced back to sign for a 1-over-par 36-35=71.

Despite the rocky start and over-par round, Aiken will enter the final round with an opportunity to claim his second top 10 in this event. The first was an eighth at the 2009 edition won by Stewart Cink at Turnberry. He will begin the final round at 3-under 207.
Sat, Jul 21, 2012 01:38:00 PM

Thomas Aiken has turned in a pair of 2-under-par 68s for his first two rounds of the British Open.

The South African has posted just one top-45 finish in his last nine starts worldwide, and that was on the Sunshine Tour in February. Yet, at the midpoint of the British, he's only six strokes off the 36-hole lead. Aiken has split 23 (of 28) fairways and hit 25 greens in regulation at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. He's erased four bogeys -- all on the inward nine -- with eight birdies, four of which on each side.
Fri, Jul 20, 2012 03:34:00 PM

Thomas Aiken will play the British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Annes.

The South African has seen the weekend in three of his previous five attempts with an eighth-place finish in 2009 his best effort. He has not recorded a top 10 on the European Tour since his ninth-place finish at the Volvo Golf Champions way back in January. His 115th driving accuracy is a reason to be concerned this week.
Wed, Jul 18, 2012 10:15:00 PM

Thomas Aiken was one of three golfers that qualified for the British Open via tonight's updated Official World Ranking in conjunction with the current Race to Dubai ranking.

Once the top 50 of the OWGR were confirmed, the top three inside the top 20 of the Race to Dubai not yet eligible for the major gained entry. Aiken is 10th, highest of the three qualifiers. The other two are Nicolas Colsaerts (11th) and Raphael Jacquelin (15th). The South African will be making his fifth appearance in the British, but first at Royal St. George's. In his only start, Colsaerts missed the cut at Royal Troon in 2004, while Jacquelin will be making his eighth showing since 1997. The Frenchman placed T53 at Royal St. George's in 2003.
Sun, May 29, 2011 11:37:00 PM