Fourth place finish for Aiken at BMW PGA Championship

BMW PGA Championship - Day FourThomas Aiken finished the European Tour’s flagship event in a share of fourth place on six-
under-par alongside two Frenchmen in the form of Julien Quesne and Romain Wattel.

Aiken carded rounds of 71, 69, 70 and 72 to finish the week three strokes off eventual winner Chris Wood.

“It was a tough day out there today. I think Martin (Kaymer) and I really struggled from the back nine coming in. The wind started swirling around and it made things on a tough golf course even tougher. You know, I’m happy with the overall result, but I’m obviously a little disappointed because we were in a great position to win,” said Aiken.

Aiken’s final round included two double-bogeys, along with six birdies on the famous Wentworth layout.

“It was really just two holes that cost me – 10 and 16 – other than that I played pretty good golf the whole day,” he said.

“There is always the could-haves and if’s and maybe’s – but that’s golf. It was a solid week and it was a fantastic event. People came out in there hundreds of thousands I think. The U.K. gave us some sunshine, so all-in-all I think there were a lot of positives to take out of the week and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year,” explained Aiken.

The 2016 winning score of nine-under-par was 12 strokes off last years edition which was won by Koreas Byeong Hun An, and Aiken said there were a variety of factors that made scoring difficult this year.

“The greens were pretty tough to putt on. The bunkers are really difficult – not only are they really deep – there isn’t a lot of sand in them this week. Firstly you’ve got to get lucky to get some sand and then hit a really quality bunker shot just to keep it around the hole. It makes things very difficult. That’s what this course has always been about: when it gets firm it gets narrow and when the greens get firm it gets tough to get the ball around the hole,” he explained.

A solid week for Aiken brings on questions about his future playing plans, however the 32-year-old says he is as up in the air as he has ever been.

“I’m not 100 percent sure. It’s a tough year – obviously juggling the two tours – so I go back to the States next week and I’ve got about ten events left there until the FedEx Cup play-offs and that’s really going to depict where I go after that. I will be back here and hopefully I can play a bit of the final Series as well,” said Aiken.

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