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Steven Alker into top-10 at US Senior Open

Steven Alker US Senior Open golf
Steven Alker has jumped into the top-10 at the US Senior Open. PHOTO: NEW LEVEL GOLF

New Zealand golfer Steven Alker has surged up the leaderboard at the US Senior Open in Rhode Island.

Alker carded a second straight three-under 67 in the third round at the Newport Country Club on Saturday (Sunday NZ Time), moving up 16 places into a share of eighth at five-under, nine strokes off the lead.


The 52-year-old had an up-and-down front-nine, with birdies at the first, seventh and ninth holes. to go with bogeys at the second and sixth holes.

After six straight pars to start the back-nine, he made back-to-back birdies at the 16th and 17th holes. He hit 11-of-14 fairways and 14-of-18 greens in regulation, numbers slightly down on his second round.

Alker will tee off the final round on Sunday at 9.58am local time (1.58am Monday NZT).

In Europe, Kiwi Sam Jones picked up several places with a bogey-free three-under 68 in the third round of the DP World Tour's Italian Open.

European Tour rookie Jones rolled in birdies on the fourth, fifth and 12th holes at the Adriatic Golf Club on Saturday (Sunday NZT), moving up to a share of 27th at five-under, five strokes back of the lead.

Meanwhile, at the PGA Tour's Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit, Ryan Fox has tumbled down the leaderboard during the third round.

Fox made six bogeys and two birdies in a four-over 76 at the Detroit Golf Club on Saturday (Sunday NZ Time), dropping from a share of 38th to a tie for 73rd at two-under, 15 strokes behind leaders, Akshay Bhatia and Aaron Rai.

Starting at the 10th hole, Fox bogeyed the 13th, 14th and 18th holes to make the turn at three-over, with another coming at the first.

Fox, who will tee off his final round on Sunday at 7.40am local time (11.40pm NZT), converted two birdies in three holes at the fifth and seventh, but paired it with bogeys at the sixth and ninth holes.

Lydia Ko and her playing partner, American Danielle Kang, also went the wrong way at the LPGA Tour's Dow Championship teams event in Michigan.

Ko and Kang made two birdies and four bogeys in a two-over 72 in the third round at the Midland Golf Club on Saturday (Sunday NZT) to drop two places into a tie for 30th at five-under, 10 strokes off the lead.

Starting the day at six-under in the foursomes (alternate shot) round, the pair carded bogeys at the second, ninth, 14th and 16th holes, with birdies at the seventh and 18th.


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