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Steven Alker

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (46) / 7/28/1971
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 150

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Prior to his second round tee time, Steven Alker has withdrawn from The Greenbrier Classic, there is no injury cited at the moment. UPDATE: Alker cited an illness as the reason for his WD. He returned the following week to post rounds of 74-71=145 (+3) to miss the cut at the John Deere Classic.
Alker opened his week with a 1-over-par 35-36=71 on Thursday. He split all 14 fairways in the process before losing 2.627 strokes approaching-the-green and 0.665 strokes putting. The Kiwi entered the week ranked 179th in the FedExCup race and was positioned just outside the cut line after day one, so this WD is likely an injury or personal matter. This will go in the books as his first career mid-tournament WD on the PGA TOUR (81 total starts). We will update if any injury news gets passed along. UPDATE: Alker cited an illness as the reason for his WD. Fri, Jul 7, 2017 01:17:00 PM

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World No. 641 Steven Alker is in Memphis for the FedEx St. Jude Classic and arrives at 171st in the FedExCup standings.

This is the 45-year-old's 79th career start on TOUR. He has seven career top-25 finishes but no top 10s. In 15 starts so far this season, the New Zealander has one top 25, a T25 at the CareerBuilder back in January. He's made seven cuts and missed eight, including a MC by two in his most recent start three weeks ago at the Byron Nelson (75-69), Alker's career best is T19 at the 2012 Open Championship. He 2-for-2 at the FESJC, posting T70 on debut in 2003 and T22 on last visit in 2015, where he was solo 3rd thru 36 holes (65-68), before fading with 74-69.
Wed, Jun 7, 2017 01:13:00 PM

Steven Alker fired out of the gates with a 5-under-par 34-33=67 during round one of the Valero Texas Open, just one stroke shy of clubhouse leader Branden Grace.

The straight-shooting veteran split 10 (of 14) fairways on his way toward 10 greens in regulation. The ball-striking was okay, but the flat stick is really what excelled today. Alker opened his round with a 10'7" par saver, a sign of things to come. He would go on make six more putts from outside six feet, including three from outside 15 feet. The 45-year-old gained 3.304 strokes putting on the day. This is Alker's first look at the Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio, but it's looking like a great fit after one day of play.
Thu, Apr 20, 2017 09:38:00 PM

Playing Pebble Beach Golf Links, Tour grad Steven Alker smoothed a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for a 36-hole total of even-par 144, up 77 places to T55 with play still in progress.

The 45-year-old is making just his third appearance with a missed cut in 2015 (by one) on rounds of 72-69-69 and a T28 on debut in 2003. He kicked off with 5-over 77 on Spyglass Hill (averaging 2.000 putts per GIR). Beginning on No. 10 tee in R2, the World No. 532 was 10 swings better, circling five birdies on 11 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, recording 1.615 putts per GIR and 2.650 SG: Putting. Just 33 of 154 pros completed their respective second rounds on Friday with the Kiwi, who resides in Arizona, carding the only blemish-free lap thus far. He is one (of 10) players on TOUR this season to record a hole-in-one, with his coming at No. 10 in R4 of the Sanderson Farms -- in his first swing of the day.
Sat, Feb 11, 2017 06:54:00 AM

World No. 568 and Tour grad Steven Alker began 2016-17 slotted 29th in the Priority Rankings and has climbed to 12th following the first reshuffle with 45.300 FedExCup points.

The Kiwi, who resides in Arizona, played in one event last season, a missed cut as a US Open-qualifier. His career best in 68 starts is T19 at the 2012 Open Championship. The 45-year-old made 15 regular-season starts in 2016 on the WCT with one top 10 (67th in money), but regained his card with a 14th-place finish in Finals' money, posting two top 20s and one MC. The 2016-17 campaign will be just his third full season since joining the TOUR in 2003 and he's 3-for-5 with a best of T26 at the Safeway Open. Alker's highlights so far are an ace in the final round of the Sanderson Farms -- in his first swing of the day -- and a career-low 64 in R1 of the RSM, eventually finishing T54 (71-71-70).
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 11:35:00 AM

Journeyman Steven Alker makes his way back to the PGA TOUR via an 18th-place finish on the Tour Finals money list and preps for his second Safeway Open (MC/2015).

The 45-year-old returns to the main stage for just a third time (2003, 2015) with all three trips coming as a WCT grad. He made 15 regular-season starts in 2016 on the junior circuit with one top 10 (67th in money), but regained his card primarily on the strength of a back-door solo eighth at the Boise Open (second Finals event), with a closing 9-under 62. The Kiwi, who resides in Arizona, has made 63 career starts on the PGA TOUR and played in one event last season, a MC as a U.S. Open-qualifier. His career best is T19 at the 2012 Open Championship.
Wed, Oct 12, 2016 09:00:00 AM

Steven Alker heads to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, for his third playing of the Tour Championship.

At 44 years of age, Alker recently completed his second season on the PGA TOUR and first during the FedExCup era. He finished 177th in points making just nine cuts on 22 starts with a season-best T22 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Tied a career low with 6-under 65 in the third round of the Barbasol Championship, where he finished T23. The Kiwi's only other season on the main tour was in 2003 when he made 13 cuts on 30 starts. Alker graduated from the Tour in 2014 with a playoff win and a playoff loss among three top 10s in 18 events. Playing in his third Finals series, he's posted T44-T48-T16 for $21,518.75, good for 35th on the Finals money list. He missed the cut in each of the two previous Tour Championships, including by three in last year's edition on rounds of 72-71.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 06:30:00 AM

Steve Alker has gained entry into this week's Quicken Loans National.

The Kiwi was ninth alternate at the start of the week. He climbed into the field of 120 when Chez Reavie withdrew. Alker needs a huge week to threaten for a spot in the FedExCup Playoffs. He's 168th in points, but he's cashed in six of his last eight starts, including his last three. Still, even a run at the top 150 seems like a long shot, but the QLN possesses the weakest field of any invitational this season, so if there's going to capitalize on a limited field, the timing is now.
Tue, Jul 28, 2015 01:21:00 PM

Steven Alker smoothed a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-32=65 in the third round of the Barbasol Championship to reach the three-quarter pole at 7-under 206, up 57 spots on the live leaderboard.

Alker began the third round of play tied 63rd --eight shots back-- and was among 18 players who made the cut on the number. The Tour grad opened with six consecutive pars before circling birdie-3s at Nos. 7 and 9, converting both from inside nine feet to turn 2-under. He went 3-for-3 in scrambling on his first nine and hit all nine greens in regulation on his inward half, converting four, including three straight from inside eight feet on Nos. 11-13. The 43-year-old, who celebrates his birthday on July 28th, rolled in his sixth and final par breaker from 18'1" on the par-5 16th for his longest conversion on the day. Alker's 65 equals a career low, which he's shot twice in 164 career loops prior to today, most recently in the first round of the last week's John Deere Classic.
Sat, Jul 18, 2015 12:44:00 PM

Steven Alker backed up his opening 65 at the John Deere Classic with a 2-under-par 34-35=69 in today's second round.

At 8-under 134, Alker is only two shots off the 36-hole clubhouse lead. He hit 15 greens in regulation to total 31 at the midpoint, but unlike Thursday's blemish-free card, the Kiwi finally squared a bogey at the par-4 fourth hole today. He saved pars with conversions from 18 feet and 12'8" at Nos. 12 and 15, respectively, and lassoed three birdies, the longest from 30'3" at the par-5 10th where he began the day. Alker has little to no fantasy value, but it's always fun observing a journeyman play well deeper into a tournament. The 43-year-old is winless in 56 PGA TOUR starts.
Fri, Jul 10, 2015 03:32:00 PM

Steve Alker looped TPC Deere Run in bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-33=65 in today's opening round of the John Deere Classic.

Going out in the last threesome of the day off the first tee, the Kiwi hit 16 greens in regulation and came to rest just two strokes back of overnight co-leaders Justin Thomas and Nicholas Thompson. Alker opened his round with a 4 at the par-4 first hole, and then jarred his bunker shot from 14 yards away for eagle at the par-5 second. The longest of his four birdies the rest of the way rolled in from 11'9" at the par-4 fourth. Today's aggregate matches the 43-year-old lowest score in 159 rounds on the PGA TOUR. While he's tied for fifth on the leaderboard, he's one of 20 golfers inside the top 10 after 18 holes.
Thu, Jul 9, 2015 08:19:00 PM

In an encore to his nine-birdie 65 on Thursday, Steven Alker turned in a 2-under-par 34-34=68 in today's second round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

The Kiwi added six birdies to total a field-high 15 for the week. His set featured conversions from 11'8" and 13'3" at the par-4 15th and seventh holes, respectively. However, he also bogeyed the par-3 14th where he rinsed his tee ball, and would eventually walk off bogey-double bogey on the front side of TPC Southwind. All told, at 7-under 133, he's just two swings off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Fri, Jun 12, 2015 07:39:00 PM

Steven Alker rattled in nine birdies en route to a 5-under-par 34-31=65 in his opening round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

The 43-year-old from New Zealand had a day for the ages at TPC Southwind with those nine circles, but this is also his lowest round of 149 on the PGA TOUR. You gotta feel good for the guy as he's a journeyman's journeyman. And he hit only 12 greens in regulation. Eight of the birdies came conventionally, including conversions from 11'10" and 16'6" at Nos. 7 and 18, respectively, and he also holed out for birdie from a bunker 13 yards away at the par-4 13th. He signed his card positioned only one stroke off the pace of the clubhouse co-leaders and leading the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green (4.503 at last check).
Thu, Jun 11, 2015 03:09:00 PM

Steven Alker enjoyed a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in his opening round of the Wells Fargo Championship.

Alker hit the ground running with a birdie-3 from 14 feet at the first hole. He chased it with six more birdies, four of which from outside 10 feet. His longest found the cup from 27'7" at the par-5 eighth. His seven birdies co-led the field when he signed his card. He also squared four bogeys, including a three-putt from just 17'4" at the par-5 fifth, but the Kiwi is a mere four shots off the clubhouse lead. This marked his first competitive loop of Quail Hollow since his only previous appearance in his rookie year of 2003.
Thu, May 14, 2015 02:21:00 PM

Steven Alker has been added to the published field of this week's Wells Fargo Championship.

The Kiwi was the third alternate when the field was released on Friday afternoon. He gained entry following two withdrawals this morning. He's riding an 0-for-4 slide dating back to the Farmers in early February. In his only previous start at Quail Hollow, he missed the cut in the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2003.
Mon, May 11, 2015 11:39:00 AM