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.