Steven Alker Storms Home to Finish T5 in Utah

Steven Alker makes birdie on No. 14 in Round 4 at Utah (PGA Tour)
Steven Alker makes birdie on No. 14 in Round 4 at Utah (PGA Tour)

Kiwi Steven Alker has shot a stunning 8-under round of 63 to finish tied for 5th in the penultimate Korn Ferry Tour event in Utah and has kept his tour card hopes alive heading into the final regular-season tournament in Nebraska next week.

Alker shot an eagle and seven birdies before dropping his only shot on the final hole to finish on 22-under for the tournament. It wasn’t enough to win, he finished two shots behind the winner Joshua Creel on 24-under.

The Korn Ferry Tour is the stepping stone for the PGA Tour, with the top 25 players from the regular season and the top 25 in the three-week season-ending tournament all gaining PGA Tour cards.

But to make the end of season finals and secure your card in the Korn Ferry Tour for the 2021/22 season you must finish ranked in the top 75 players.

Currently, Alker is ranked 131st on the Korn Ferry Tour and this fifth placing will move him up 20 spots to 111 with one more tournament to play.

Fellow Kiwi Nick Voke missed the cut in Utah and is currently in 86th place on the tour, he would need a great result next week to retain his card and make it through to the final three weeks.

The final event, Pinnacle Bank Championship at The Club at Indian Creek in Omaha, Nebraska, will begin on Friday morning NZT.

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