Thomas Aiken (pictured) is one of the South African players in the field for the Africa Open who can continue the run of wins for his compatriots in this week’s event n the European Tour. Aiken has the combination of current and course for that makes him a leading contender at the East London course that hosts the event for the fourth time in which it has been part of the European Tour.
Aiken has made the cut for the last three years at the Africa Open. His best effort was in 2010 when he finished just one shot behind the tournament winner, Charl Schwartzel. Louis Oosthuizen has been the champion in the past two years so each of the champions when the event has been part of the schedule in Europe has been won by a major champion.
This year’s winner will not be a major champion as no player in the field has a major championship title to his name. Aiken has played in just seven majors and his best efforts have been in the British Open with two top 10 finishes to his name. He has yet to play in the US Masters or US Open and will need to win several regular tournaments in the first half of the season to get invites to these two events.
Aiken won the Spanish Open in 2008 which is his only European Tour title to date. However, he has won seven times on the Sunshine Tour in South Africa which suggests he is suited to playing conditions in this part of the world. However, his latest win was in 2008 and his form has dipped since a spell between 2004 and 2006 in which he win six times.
The South African has a great deal in his favor this week and against a field that has little strength in depth can record a second win on the European Tour