Hamilton professional Steve Alker has made the cut for the first time at a major as he carded a one under par 69 in round two to climb to a share of 11thplace at the 141stOpen Championship.


The 40-year-old, who missed the cut in his previous two appearances at The Open in 1998 and 2007, backed up his 69 from round one to get to a two under par total, eight shots back from the American leader Brandt Snedeker who leads by one from Australian Adam Scott.

Alker started poorly in round two with bogeys on holes two and three. He got one back with a birdie on the par 3 fourth but then dropped another shot at the sixth to slump to two over par for the day.

But the former New Zealand PGA Champion rallied on the back nine with three birdies in a bogey free display to climb back up the leaderboard and into contention at the historic links.

Alker is 67thon the Tour Order of Merit, with a best result a tie for fourth at the Chile Classic and looks to have saved his best performance for 2012 for the biggest stage in golf.

The Kiwi pro will be right in the thick of the Open hype in round three as he tees off alongside World No.1 Luke Donald as the local favourite tries to win his first major championship.

Forty nine years after Sir Bob Charles became the first New Zealand golfer and first left hander to win a major at Royal Lytham & St Annes, Kiwi golf fans have another of their own in contention at golf’s oldest major. 




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