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Jones rises into top-10 at the Italian Open

Sam Jones DP World Tour golf
Taranaki pro Sam Jones posted his second top-10 result on the DP World Tour. PHOTO: SAM JONES

New Zealand golfer Sam Jones has charged into the top-10 on the DP World Tour.

The rookie professional from Taranaki moved into a share of 10th, his second top-10 result on the European Tour, after a two-under 69 in the final round of the Italian Open on Sunday (Monday NZ Time).


Jones coupled four birdies with two bogeys at the Adriatic Golf Club Cervia on Italy's Adriatic Coast, rising 17 places to close the week at seven-under, just three strokes behind the winner, German Marcel Siem.

The 28-year-old bogeyed the third, before birdies at the fifth, 11th and 12th holes got him into contention. He followed a bogey at the 14th with his fourth birdie at the 15th to climb more than 40 positions over the weekend.

Jones' previous-best finish on the DP World Tour was a tie for seventh at the Soudal Open in May.

At the US Senior Open in Rhode Island, Kiwi Steven Alker remains a chance to finish in the top-10 after the final round was suspended for bad weather.

Alker was even-par through 11 holes at the Newport Country Club on Sunday (Monday NZT), tied for 11th, when play was halted due to a summer thunderstorm. Play will resume on Monday at 8am local time (12am Tuesday NZT).

The 52-year-old birdied the par-five opening hole, before a bogey at the par-four 10th, leaving him at five-under, 11 strokes behind the leader, Japan's Hiroyuki Fujita.

At the PGA Tour's Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit, Ryan Fox has finished in a tie for 67th after a one-under 71 in the final round on Sunday (Monday NZT).

Fox carded five birdies, two bogeys and a double-bogey at the Detroit Golf Club, picking up six spots to finish at three-under, 15 strokes behind the champion, Australian Cam Davis.

Lydia Ko and playing partner Danielle Kang have finished in a share of 27th at the LPGA Tour's Dow Championship teams event in Michigan.

The Kiwi-American pair fired a seven-under 63 in the four-ball round at the Midland Golf Club on Sunday (Monday NZT) to end at 12-under overall, 10 shots back of the winners, Thai Atthay Thitikul and China's Ruoning Yin.

Ko, the world No 17, carded five birdies and one bogey, with four of her birdies counting towards the team score.


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