Aiken makes his move at Africa Open

Thomas Aiken made the cut on the number at the Africa Open and then went on to shoot a Saturday 66 at East London Golf Club, which turned an average tournament to a good one for him.

“I was fighting my way to make the weekend and luckily I made eagle on 15 to make it. That was job one done and then today we had fairly benign conditions, which was a nice change. As we know from past years the course is there for the taking when there’s no wind. I hit the ball unbelievably today and gave myself many chances. I didn’t convert all of them, but I did enough,” he said.

Leader Adilson da Silva was yet to tee off on Saturday and still held an eight-shot lead over Aiken, but the latter player knew that wind at East London can change the story line very quickly.

“You never know with coastal courses, said Aiken. “The wind is due to blow tomorrow, so if you post a good round like I did today and the leaders don’t get too far away you can have a blinder and be in with a shout on the stretch.”

With three top-15s at the Africa Open, which include a second-place finish in 2009, the 29-year-old was pleased to have taken full advantage of moving day.

“It was interesting the first couple of days, especially day one, because we had quit a stiff breeze that we had to contend with.

“It’s nice to move up the leaderboard, and I’m not really in contention, but I’ve put myself in a position to do well this week,” he said.

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