Steven Alker struggles in US Open first round

FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 12:12 13/06/2014
Steven Alker
Getty
STRUGGLE STREET: Kiwi golfer Steven Alker shot a second straight six-over 76 to miss the cut at the US Open.

Relevant offers

Golf

Kiwi golfer Danny Lee stays handy at FedEx Cup series opener in New Jersey 'Birdie machine' Danny Lee poised for Presidents Cup call-up Kiwi golfer Danny Lee makes strong start in FedEx Cup series opener in New Jersey Golfer Ian Poulter now owns five fabulous Ferraris In form Kiwi Danny Lee stands on doorstep of golfing riches Kiwi golfer Danny Lee goes shoulder-to-shoulder with stars as PGA playoffs start New Zealand golfer, Ryan Fox closes in on world top 100, Danny Lee stays at No 54 Canada leads international media plaudits for Lydia Ko after Kiwi golfer's latest win More nerves first time around, Lydia Ko says after another win in Canada Lydia Ko wins playoff against former world No 1 to claim third Canadian Open title

Steven Alker will have to lift his game if he wants to make the cut at the US Open for the second successive year.

The lone New Zealander at golf's second major of the year failed to fire during the opening round, carding a six-over par 76 in tough conditions at Pinehurst No 2 course in North Carolina.

Alker turned in three-over par after bogeys at the first, third, sixth holes, then dropped three further shots coming home after consecutive bogeys from holes No 15 to 17.

The birdie-free round left him languishing in a share of 123rd place and probably needing to shoot a 68 or 69 tomorrow to make the cut.

The 42-year-old from Hamilton, who won on the US second tier tour on Monday, less than a week after qualifying for the US Open, was New Zealand's only representative at Pinehurst, the stage for Michael Campbell's 2005 US Open win.

He also qualified for the open last year, at Merion Golf Club, finishing 45th.

German Martin Kaymer, a former winner of the PGA Championship and victor at this year's Players Championship at Sawgrass, held a three-shot lead after the first round.

Kaymer birdied three of his last four holes - and had six birdies on the day - to break out from the pack after a five-under 65.

Former US Open champion Graeme McDowell, Zimbabwean Brendon De Jonge and Americans Kevin Na and Fran Quinn share second after two-under par 68s.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

If she is able to, when do you expect Lydia Ko to win her first major?

Next year, she's so close

She's still working towards it, within three years

It may be longer than we think, within five years

The expectation might be too much, maybe never

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content