While Miguel Angel Jiménez is the defending champion at the Open de España this week, 2011 winner Thomas Aiken also has reason to look forward to the week ahead as the last player to lift the trophy at Real Club de Golf El Prat in Barcelona.
The South African also has plenty of form behind him, with last week’s fourth-place finish in Mauritius his fourth top-10 of the season.
“It’s always nice to come back to a place where you’ve won it,” said Aiken – whose victory came in an emotional week following the passing of Seve Ballesteros. Four years ago, the South African lifted his first European Tour title at the Catalan club before dedicating the win to three-time winner and golf legend Ballesteros, who passed away that week after losing his battle with brain cancer.
“The Spanish crowd and people really embraced Seve’s career and it showed in the emotions of the week. He was a fantastic player with such charisma and passion.
“I dedicated the win to Seve but I think anyone who won that week would have done the same – it really was his Open as the last professional win of his career and it was an honour to win it as my first.”