Alker fires third round 75 after making cut

Last updated 12:16 16/06/2013
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New Zealand golfer Steve Alker carded a five-over par 75 in the third round at the US Open today to share 55th place heading into the final round.

Alker had faced a nervous wait earlier in the day to see if he would make the cut; he completed his second round five-over 75 yesterday to be one shot back of the projected cut-line when play was stopped due to darkness, but the the cut-line eased out by one, seeing Alker scrape through at eight-over.

He made a solid start to his third round with two birdies and two bogeys in his first eight holes but two bogeys and two double bogeys in a six-hole stretch wrecked his scorecard.

He finished his round with a birdie at the short par-four 10th to be 13-over through 54 holes.

The former NZ PGA champion earned his place by finishing second in a sectional qualifying event in California.

The only other Kiwi in the field, Michael Campbell, returned to Merion today to complete his second round needing a string of birdies to make an unlikely cut.

Instead, the 2005 US Open champion bogeyed the 14th and 16th holes, before a double-bogey at the 18th to finish with an eight-over 78 for the round be 14-over for the week.

Campbell has made the cut four times from 15 appearances at the US Open. 

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