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Alker surges on day two of PGA tournament

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 15/10/2016
Steve Alker © Steve Dykes/Getty Images Steve Alker

Steven Alker has made a strong start to his third stint on the US PGA Tour.

The New Zealand veteran shot a three-under 69 on rain-reduced second round of the season-opening Safeway Open in California.

Play was suspended for darkness but not before Alker improved 34 places to 29th on four-under and assured himself of making the cut.

Alker threatened to finish the day in the top-10 but was let down by bogeys on his last two holes at the Silverado Resort in Napa. He enjoyed a mid-round purple patch when he shot five successive birdies, to tally seven in total.

The 45-year-old from Hamilton qualified for a full Tour card through a strong finish to last season's second-tier tour.

His previous PGA tenures lasted one season each, in 2003 and 2015.

Alker sits 10 strokes behind American leader Scott Piercy, who had completed 12 holes before play was suspended.

Another golfer with six holes to play is Kiwi Danny Lee, who is in danger of missing the cut.

Lee is two-under for his second round and one-under overall to be a shot outside the cut line.

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