KORN FERRY TOUR FINALS
Alker goes dancing on Friday, shoots 67
September 23, 2016
By Terry Jacoby, Special to PGATOUR.COM
- September 23, 2016
- Steven Alker's second round was highlighted by a hole-out eagle at the par-4 16th. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Steven Alker introduced a new dance to the folks of southeastern Ohio on Friday. No one in these parts have ever seen moves like the 45-year-old New Zealand native displayed just off the 16th fairway during the second round of the Web.com Tour’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.
Did he bring those moves across the pond?
“Definitely,” he said with a huge smile on his face. “That’s worth a few beers, too.”
The “few beers” would follow the dance which followed the shot heard around the golf course at the Ohio State University Golf Club. Alker was standing in the rough … well, let’s let Alker provide the commentary.
“I got a bit unlucky off the tee and it bounced left into the rough and I had a terrible lie,” he said. “I had a wedge from about 105 yards. It worked out well. I bounced it up and it rolled nicely and it was a bit of a lucky shot as well.”
There was nothing lucky about his round on Friday.
The eagle was part of an impressive back nine and solid round that put Alker in solid position on the leaderboard with a two-day, 2-under-par 140 total. His second-round, 4-under-par 67 started and ended with bogeys, but in between he had four birdies and of course the eagle.
“I was just plugging away on the first nine but I knew I needed to get something going,” he said. “On No. 12, I hit a nice drive and hit it on the green and two-putted for birdie. I made a nice putt on the next hole for birdie too and that kind of got me going. After the lucky shot on 16, I had another nice shot on 17 and birdied there.”
Alker fired a 2-over-par 73 in Thursday’s first round. What did he learn in that opening round that he used to improve his score by six shots?
“If you just get out of position on this golf course just a little bit, it makes you have to work really hard,” he said. “And I did that a lot (Thursday). I worked really hard just to get a 73. I got myself in better position (Friday), especially on the back nine, and I made a couple putts.”
Alker is still chasing his PGA TOUR card and certainly improved his chances with the 67 on Friday. He played on the PGA TOUR in 2015 (22 events) and 2003 (30 events) and would like nothing more than to take another swing among the best players in the world.
“That’s where we want to be,” he said. “I just have to keep plugging away. My game is going pretty good. I’ve made a lot of cuts but haven’t played well on the weekends.”
He hopes to change that starting in Saturday’s third round in Columbus. But if this golf thing doesn’t work out, he could always go on Dancing with the Stars.