Match Play memories inspire Aiken

2015 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open: Day 1Thomas Aiken’s third-place finish at the Volvo World Match Play in 2013 will inspire him when he tees up for the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play tournament this week.

The three-time European Tour winner is very keen on the format, which sees him face off against Scott Jamieson on Thursday.

It will be a gritty match against the Scotsman, who broke onto the European Tour with a victory at the rain-affected Nelson Mandela Championship in 2013.

Aiken has faced stiff competition before, including winning matches against Francesco Molinari and Shane Lowry at the Volvo World Match Play two years ago.

His form this season has been solid and includes just two missed cuts in 15 starts. The 32-year-old’s best result this year came at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, where he finished sole fourth.

He also shared fifth at the South African Open Championship in January and tied for ninth at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in February.

Aiken’s latest result was 80th at The Open Championship, where he shot 72, 74 at the weekend and finished the tournament on two-over-par.

This week every round counts, and the first against Jamieson will be a trial by fire. Should Aiken pass the test then he’ll be set for a good week.

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