Voke Tied for Third in US, Campbell Makes the Cut in UK and Ko Surprises on Opening Day

Nick Voke heads into the Summer of Golf
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New Zealander Nick Voke is tied for third heading into day 3 of the Korn Ferry Tour event in Omaha Nebraska after a blistering second round of 5-under 66.

After a 1-under par 70 on the first day, Voke shot the lights out on his first nine today securing 5 birdies and a bogey to set-up his shot at the lead over the weekend sitting at 6-under, 2 shots from the leader Tyson Alexander.

Fellow Kiwi Steven Alker was tied for first after the first day but had a 3-over 74 on Friday to lose momentum and fall back into the pack.

Unlike many other Kiwi players, Voke spent most of the COVID-19 lockdown at his home in the US State of Iowa where he could visit the golf course and practice every day.

After some solid rounds in the resumed Korn Ferry Tour season, Voke’s game looks like it’s coming together heading into the final two days.

Kiwis Escape Cut in UK

In Birmingham, New Zealand legend Michael Campbell made the cut on the European Tour for the first time since 2013 and joined fellow Kiwi Ryan Fox on 2-under par heading into the weekend.

Fox and Campbell made it just inside the cut line of 1-under but will need to get their skates on to catch the leaders of Sam Horsfield and Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez who are tied for first with 13-under.

Ko Begins After Resumption

Lydia Ko has shrugged off the COVID-19 shutdown and shown the change of coach may have been a blessing as she carded a 3-under par 39 to be tied for 5th after the opening day of the restarted LPGA Tour in Toledo Ohio.

Signs of a change in her game may have been there on the opening day as she hit 11 of 15 fairways and was on average 25 metres longer than her average in 2019, Ko has always had a great short game but her length of the tee had been reasons people suggested she had fallen down the rankings.

Speaking with NZ Golf Magazine earlier in the week, new coach Sean Foley said he wanted to go back down memory lane and look at what made her one of the ‘most dominant teenage amateur golfers in the history of golf’.

Time will tell.

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