Hamilton professional Steven Alker has made a promising start to the 141stOpen Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes.
The 40-year-old, who qualified for his third major championship by winning the Local Final Qualifying Tournamentin West Lancashire to be the only Kiwi in the field, has carded a one under par 69 to be in a share of 22ndplace.
Alker will begin round two only five shots off the pace set by first round leader Australian Adam Scott who equaled the course record with a six under par 64.
The Kiwi pro began well with a birdie at the first hole but had two poor holes in succession where he made double bogey at the fifth and bogey at the sixth.
But he rallied well with a birdie at the seventh to make the turn in one over par. He kept in touch with the leaders by making back-to-back birdies on 15 and 16 and went onto sign for a one under par round.
Alker is playing in his third Open Championship after missing the cut in 1998 and 2007. He has a good chance to make his first cut at golf’s oldest major tonight (NZ time) when he tees off early at 6:52am local time.
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