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Thomas Aiken

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (33) / 7/16/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 150

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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). Nov 1 - 3:21 PM

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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.
Aug 26 - 7:22 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.
Aug 19 - 2:19 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.
Jul 2 - 8:31 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.
May 29 - 1:31 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.
Apr 29 - 7:04 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.
Apr 20 - 5:05 PM

Thomas Aiken readies for his debut at this week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

The South African is off to a slow start to open the season as he takes his stab at the PGA TOUR full time. In six starts, he's grabbed just three paychecks and is still in search of his first top 50. The three-time European Tour winner is too talented to stay down for long, but it's best for gamers to avoid him until he shows some level of comfort on the PGA TOUR.
Feb 10 - 9:17 AM

Thomas Aiken finally makes his debut in this week's Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City.

Aiken didn't line up in 2013 or 2014 despite its expansion to 30 players but is in the field this week on a course he knows from his Sunshine Tour days. The local man contested numerous events a the Gary Player Country Club and posted top fives in the 2006 and 2008 Dimension Data Pro-Ams. Aiken will play a full season on the PGA TOUR next season after winning his card but he came home last week to contest the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Championship and posted T11.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 06:32:00 AM

Thomas Aiken is back in Playa del Carmen for a second start at this week's OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

The South African missed the cut in his 2012 OHL Classic debut. It's one of just 10 (24 starts) missed cuts on his PGA TOUR resume. Aiken brings a long track of record of success overseas but it's yet to be determined how that will translate to a full season in America. Gamers should keep a close tab on him early in the season.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 03:24:00 PM

Fuelled by a flying start, Thomas Aiken posted a 6-under-par 30-35=65 in Thursday's opening round at the Portugal Masters.

The South African circled birdies at 11 and 12 before making a dramatic leaderboard surge with eagles at the par-4 15th and par-5 17th. Aiken threw in another birdie at the 3rd to join the lead but slipped back after playing his final six holes in 1-over after swallowing his only bogey of the day at the 7th. The three-time European Tour winner will hope to catch and pass leaders Nicolas Colsaerts and Andy Sullivan from an early tee-time on Friday.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 03:43:00 PM

Thomas Aiken will fly to England to compete in the British Masters on the Marquess course at Woburn.

The South African has just secured a PGA Tour card after finishing as one of the top 25 earners during the Tour Finals series. He did that by taking fifth spot in the concluding Tour Championship to sneak into 23rd place on the series list. He'd missed the cut in the first three events. As well as riding that high, Aiken has conditions to suit this week. He's 5th in Driving Accuracy on the European Tour this season and straight hitting on the narrow and tree-lined Marquess course will be a big advantage. The 32-year-old has played in this event just once previously but didn't cash after shooting 78-70 at The Belfry in 2008.
Wed, Oct 7, 2015 04:27:00 AM

Thomas Aiken heads to Gullane GC this week to take part in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open for the seventh straight year.

The South African is 4-for-6 in this event but a T19 in 2010 is his only top 40. This is the first time the tournament will be played at Gullane so, to some extent, Aiken can wipe the slate clean. He's currently 43rd in the Race To Dubai after four top 10s this season and enjoyed some recent success in America when T26 at Memorial and T25 in the U.S. Open. His last start was a T30 in the Japan Tour's ISPS Handa Global Cup at the end of June.
Wed, Jul 8, 2015 07:18:00 AM

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.
Sat, Jun 6, 2015 04:41:00 PM

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.
Fri, Jun 5, 2015 06:39:00 PM