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Thomas Aiken

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (32) / 7/16/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 150

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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

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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

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.
Tue, May 12, 2015 06:06:00 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.
Sun, May 10, 2015 08:49:00 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.
Fri, May 8, 2015 06:28:00 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.
Tue, May 5, 2015 03:43:00 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.
Fri, Feb 27, 2015 09:26:00 AM