Aiken ready for national challenge at Glendower

TL_0974359 (1)Thomas Aiken is preparing for the South African Open Championship at Glendower Golf Club, where he expects a tough trial from the eighth of January.

“The SA open is going to be exciting,” he said. “It’s a great traditional old-style parklands course. It’s a fantastic venue for our national open and I think we’re in for a good test.”

The three-time European Tour winner last competed at Glendower during the BMG Classic in October and found the greens superb. He’s hoping for some wet weather ahead of the 104th instalment of his home open.

“Hopefully we can get a bit of rain before the tournament. The fairways are narrow and if we get rough it should be a very interesting SA Open this time around,” he said.

The tournament also marks the final event that qualifies for the 2014 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit. Aiken ranks third on the earnings list and a win at Glendower would secure him the award of top money-maker on the Sunshine Tour.

“There’s still a good possibility of me securing that Order of Merit. It was a big goal at the beginning of the season, but things sometimes get in the way. I’m really looking forward to the challenge at Glendower, because a win will mean so much with regards to the 2014 season,” he said.


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