KIWI PRO WATCH: ALKER LEADS BY TWO IN IDAHO, KO FIFTH IN OHIO

20/07/2014

Steven Alker is on track to win for a second time on the Web.Com Tour in 2014.

 

The 42-year-old Hamilton pro bounced back from an opening bogey to shoot a six-under par 65 today and grab the 54-hole lead at the Albertsons Boise Open in Idaho.

 

Alker’s 20-under par, 193 total, broke the tournament record by two strokes and put the New Zealander in position for his second win this season after claiming the Cleveland Open in an 11 hole playoff.

Alker leads by two over playing partner Steven Wheatcroft (65) and Zack Sucher (68), who held the first-day lead and shared the lead after 36 holes.

“I putted great on the front nine,” said Alker. “I just tried to keep the momentum going.”

Alker stumbled out of the gate with a bogey on the first hole but rebounded on consecutive par-5s with a birdie and then a 35-foot chip-in for eagle.

“It wasn’t a hard chip but it was moving when it went in,” he said. “That’s what the pin is for.”

Alker, always steady and never flashy, was error-free the rest of the day as he moved to the top of the standings. He played the final dozen holes with just two birdies and 10 pars but it was enough to stay in front.

“The back nine there were some clubs that were in between and I hit some shots that were affected during flight by the wind,” said the former NZ PGA Champion. “The wind was just enough to be a nuisance.”

Alker is currently 19th on the Web.Com Tour Money List and needs to finish inside the top 25 to automatically qualify for the PGA Tour in 2014 – 2015.

Ko stays in the hunt in Ohio

Meanwhile Lydia Ko has shot rounds of 67, 67 and 70 to be fifth at the Marathon Classic on the LPGA Tour.

She is on a nine-under par total, two shots back from the leaders South African Lee-Anne Pace (68) and American Laura Diaz (71).

The 17-year-old, who is looking to claim her second title on the LPGA Tour in 2014 after she won the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic earlier this year, birdied her final two holes today to remain in contention.

The World No.2 is hoping to win her fourth title on the LPGA Tour and also advance her claims of becoming the youngest player to hold the World No.1 position.

 

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