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Alker ace the highlight of final PGA round

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 30/10/2016

<span style="font-size:13px;">Kiwi golfer Steven Alker nails a hole-in-one with his first shot of the day before settling into a steady finish to the PGA Tour event in Mississippi.</span> © Sam Greenwood/Getty Images Kiwi golfer Steven Alker nails a hole-in-one with his first shot of the day before settling into a steady finish to the PGA Tour event in Mississippi. An otherwise nondescript round on the US PGA Tour began on the best possible note for Kiwi golfer Steven Alker in Mississippi.

Alker's first shot of the day at the Sanderson Farms tournament was a hole-in-one, helping him to a 35th-placed finish.

Playing the back nine first, the 45-year-old's ace came at the testing 223-yard 10th hole at the Country Club of Jackson course.

The perfect shot came nearly two years after his previous hole-in-one, also on the PGA Tour, at Pebble Beach in California.

Alker went to shoot two birdies but shelled three shots elsewhere to card a one-under 71 and finish with six others on six-under.

American Cody Gribble stormed home with a 65 to win by four shots on 20-under.

Kiwi Tim Wilkinson missed the cut by seven shots on five-over.

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