New Zealand golfer Steve Alker enjoyed his best round of the week as climbed up the leaderboard to finish the US Open in a share of 45th place.
Alker, who earned his place in the field at a qualifying event two weeks ago, closed with a two-over par 72 to finish at 15-over for the tournament, climbing 10 spots on the final day.
He had another mixed day, carding five birdies, three bogeys and two double bogeys - he had seven double bogeys in all for the week - but was in esteemed company at 15-over with Masters champion Adam Scott and Spaniard Sergio Garcia also finishing on that score.
England's Justin Rose, who closed with an even-par 70 to finish at one-over, was a two-shot winner from Australian Jason Day and American Phil Mickelson, claiming his first major championship.
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