Kiwi Steve Alker in red numbers at US Open

Steve Alker was one of just 15 players to be in red figures at the US Open when fading light put a premature end to a rain-affected day one at Merion.

Alker was able to play just six holes in his opening round and will resume tonight (NZ time) at one-under, three shots behind leader Luke Donald who was through 13 holes when play was suspended.

Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson were one behind Donald at three-under, Scott with seven holes to play while Mickelson, who has never won the US Open but has five seconds, was one of only 78 players to complete their first round.

Starting on the 11th, Alker made a birdie three on his opening hole before recording five straight pars.

While Alker had a great start, the other Kiwi in the field, 2005 champion Michael Campbell, went the other way.

Campbell completed his round and his six over 76 has him tied for 133rd.

He too started on the 11th and after seven holes was already six over courtesy of four bogeys and a double.

But the New Zealand No 2 rallied on the front nine, making birdies on the first and seventh before finishing up his round with two more dropped shots.

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