Aiken attacks at Avantha

Thomas Aiken dominated Jaypee Greens Golf Resort in 62 blows on Saturday, moving into pole position at the Avantha Masters with his 18-under-par total.

“It was very enjoyable and I didn’t really think about it too much. You’ve got to have an idea of what you want to do and if you stick to that it’ll pay off,” he said.

With a European Tour win already tucked under his belt, Aiken is no stranger to the top of the leaderboard, and he’s leading the tournament that compatriot Jbe Kruger won last year.

“This will definitely be one of my best rounds,” said Aiken. “I managed to stay calm and do what was necessary, and I’m very happy about that. I’ve given myself a good chance, and that’s what we are here to do.”

He looked as cool as ever on Saturday whilst racking up an impressive 10-under-par for the day.

The 29-year-old got off to hot start, making birdie at the first and an eagle at the second. After that there was no looking back, and Aiken spattered his card with a further seven birdies to outstrip the field by three strokes.

“I was hitting my irons close and the little stick was working today, and I holed some really nice putts and walked away with a really nice score!” he said.

Brazil’s Adilson da Silva, a Sunshine Tour veteran, hung on with a Saturday 72. He stuck in there in a share of 23rd, thanks largely to his Friday 65.

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