Thomas Aiken is showing some less resilient and more celebrated golfers the way when it comes to commitment to his profession at this weekÂs Dimension Data Pro-Am.
The R3.2-million Sunshine Tour tournament over the three courses at Fancourt Â The Links, Outeniqua and Montagu is the seventh tournament in seven weeks for Aiken.
And, ahead of the PGA TourÂs Northern Trust Open in California this week, Hunter Mahan tweeted in response to a followerÂs question about whether golf ever became work for him: ÂA little bit, this is my 4th week in a row so IÂm a little tired.Â
Aiken has managed to covert that appetite for work into some serious cash, as well as a run of great performances: HeÂs raked in R914,408 in two events on the Sunshine Tour to lie fourth on the Order of Merit, and heÂs sixth on the European Tour Race to Dubai after eight tournaments (including those two events in South Africa, the Africa Open and the Joburg Open) with Â286,753.
All this means he has risen to a career-high on the Official Golf World Rankings of 89th with his five finishes inside the top 15 in his six tournaments so far this year.
He is playing the Dimension Data Pro-Am in the company of Sunshine Tour chairman Johann Rupert.
And with his name prominent amongst the list of players for next weekÂs Telkom PGA Championship at Country Club Johannesburg, it will mean he will be playing for the eight consecutive week.
Wonder how Hunter Mahan would feel at this point?