Aiken seizes second Euro title at Avantha

Thomas Aiken set out for his Sunday round at the Avantha Masters with a three-stroke lead and fended off all comers during the final round to clinch his second European Tour title.

“I’ve been playing very nicely the last four months, not making a lot of mistakes, but just not sinking enough putts,” he said.

“This week a few went in, I hit some better iron shots which gave me a better chance to sink some putts, and I played some phenomenal golf.”

Indian local Gaganjeet Bhullar chased hard, shooting a final-round 64 to apply pressure on Aiken, who reached the 18th with a shot-shot lead.

But the South African was having none of it, and sank an impressive 12-footer to birdie the last for a three-shot victory, which was worth a cool €300,00.

“These guys kept coming at me today – Liang on the front nine and then Bhullar made some amazing birdies coming in,” added Aiken. “It was by no means a walk in the park.”

The 29-year-old pulled clear of the field with an immaculate 62 on Saturday, giving full meaning to the term ‘moving day’.

On Sunday he looked as solid as could be, carding a bogey-free 67 on his way to the trophy, which he dedicated to his wife Kate.

“I want to dedicate this to my wife Kate – being the wife of a sportsman is not easy and she supports me so much, so this one’s for you Kate.”

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