Alker on cusp of making cut at US Open

Last updated 15:20 15/06/2013
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ON THE CUSP: Steve Alker faces a nervous wait to see if he makes the cut at the US Open.

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Hamilton professional Steve Alker faces a nervous wait to see if he'll make the US Open cut on Sunday morning (NZT).

The 41-year-old was right on the cusp of making the cut on his debut at the US Open before play in round two was suspended for darkness.

Alker, who opened with a three-over-par 73 in round one to be tied 46th, shot a five-over-par 75 in round two for an eight-over-par, 148 total. He dropped 20 places in the second round to be tied 66th.

He is currently one shot outside the projected cutline at seven-over-par, but, 35 players have to return early tomorrow morning (local time) to complete their second rounds.

Alker is currently nine shots back from American co-leaders Phil Mickelson and Billy Horschel on a one-under-par.

The former NZ PGA Champion, who earned his place by finishing tied second in a sectional qualifying event in California, made two birdies, five bogeys and a double bogey in his second round 75.

He finished tied 19th at the Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Anne's last year and is looking to make his second cut in his fourth appearance in a major championship.

Meanwhile the 2005 champion Michael Campbell is unlikely to make the weekend.

The 44-year-old, who is looking to make the cut at the tournament for the first time since 2007, is off the pace on an 11-over-par total with six holes to play in his second round.

The former NZ Open champion, who opened with a six-over-par 76 to be in a share of 133rd place, got off to a poor start in round two with a double bogey at the first hole.

He righted the ship with a 50-foot putt for birdie on the second hole and from there he played solid golf making five pars in a row and then a birdie on the eighth to get back to even par for the round.

At the stage he was inside the cutline, but it all came unstuck for Campbell with a double bogey, triple bogey, bogey and a birdie in the next four holes to drop back to five over for the round and 11 over for the tournament.

Campbell has made the cut four times out of 14 appearances at the US Open and earned his place in the field by way of his career defining win at Pinehurst in 2005.

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