Aiken for a successful birthday

Thomas Aiken will want birthday confidence on Saturday 16th July when he celebrates his 28th year, which coincides with the third day of the Open Championship in Sandwich, England.

The world number 82 will have a point to prove in his fifth Open Championship after he missed the cut in the Scottish Open last week where he carded a disappointing second round of three-over-par.

In 2009 he produced his best attempt for the Claret Jug when he finished the Open Championship tied for 8th, three shots behind winner Stewart Cink.

After winning the South Amateur of the Year Award with 10 wins under his belt, Aiken played primarily on the Sunshine Tour from 2002-2006 and won the Winter Swing in 2005.

The Fancourt Country Club professional, who has recorded seven wins in South Africa since 2003, is currently 11th in the European Tour’s order of merit.

In 2009 and 2010 he finished in the top of 60 of the European Tour’s order of merit, yet has trumped either year’s earnings in half the time in the 2011 season.

Aiken’s game in 2011 is the best it has been in Europe: he recorded a first win on the European Tour after he beat Denmark’s Anders Hansen by two strokes in the Open de Espana earlier this year.

On the European Tour in 2010 Aiken record just two top-10 finishes in the 28 tournaments he entered, whereas in 2011 he has made the top-10 in six of his 14 events and missed the cut just three times.

2011 Is his best-ever season and with birthday confidence Thomas Aiken will look to Royal St. George’s to win himself a major present.

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