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Fox, Alker eyeing top-10 finishes in US

Ryan Fox PGA Tour golf
Ryan Fox moved up 12 places during the third round of the Myrtle Beach Classic. PHOTO: RYAN FOX

Kiwi golfers Ryan Fox and Steven Alker are on the cusp on top-10 results on their respective tours in the US.

Fox will enter the final round of the PGA Tour's Myrtle Beach Classic on Sunday (Monday NZ Time) tied for seventh, while Alker sits in a share of 13th after three rounds at the PGA Tour Champions' first senior major of the year, The Tradition.

Fox posted six birdies and a bogey in a five-under 66 in the third round at The Dunes Golf and Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Saturday (Sunday NZT) to reach 11-under, seven strokes off the lead.

The world No 61 made birdies at the second, fourth, fifth, ninth, 10th and 15th, before spoiling his charge with a bogey at the closing hole. Still, he moved up 12 spots from a share of 19th after 36 holes.

Chasing his best result on the PGA Tour this season, albeit it at a secondary tournament, Fox will tee off his final round on Sunday at 12.05pm local time (4.05am Monday NZT).

Alker carded six birdies, two bogeys and a double-bogey during a two-under 70 in the third round at the Greystone Golf Club in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday (Sunday NZT).

He picked up eight spots to be tied for 13th at six-under, seven shots behind the 54-hole co-leaders, American Doug Barron and South African Ernie Els.

Alker, who will need something special to win his second senior major, gets his final round started on Sunday at 12.26pm local time (5.26am Monday NZT).

Fellow Kiwi Michael Campbell dropped several places after a three-over 75 in the third round, featuring two birdies and five bogeys, to be tied for 56th at four-over.

Meanwhile, Lydia Ko has faded at the LPGA Tour's Founders Cup event, carding four birdies and seven bogeys in a three-over 75 in the third round at the Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton, New Jersey.

Ko went from tied for sixth into a share of 39th at one-under, now 18 strokes off the lead. The 26-year-old made five straight bogeys from the fifth to ninth holes, with other dropped shots coming at the first and 15th.

The world No 10, who made birdies at the second, 12th, 14th and 18th, will tee off her final round on Sunday at 8.55am local time (12.55am Monday NZT).


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