New Zealand's Steve Alker continues charge

Last updated 13:02 20/07/2013

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Steven Alker is continuing his charge for a PGA Tour card on the Tour at the Midwest Classic in Kansas.

The 41-year-old, who won the Utah Championship last week to claim his first title in four years, has shot a two-under-par 69 at the Nicklaus Golf Club at Lions Gate to be in a share of seventh place.

Alker has turned his season around in spectacular fashion. The Hamilton pro, who two weeks ago was 149th on the money list, is currently in 20th place and projected to climb to 15th on the current standings.

His win last week in Utah saw him climb over 200 places on the Official World Golf Rankings and now he is in the frame to qualify for the PGA Tour.

Lee, the New Zealand No.2 who is looking to return to the PGA Tour after losing his card in 2012, lost his way in dramatic fashion in round two. He dropped from a share of fifth place to tied 129th when he carded a nine-over-par 80 to miss the cut.

Tim Wilkinson, who has been one of the most consistent players on the tour so far in 2013, went the other way with a four-under-par 67 elevating him 41 places to tied 27th.

The Kiwis need to finish inside the top 25 players on the Order of Merit to automatically qualify for the PGA Tour in 2014.

If all three can manage that feat it will be a return to the heydays of New Zealand golf. Back in 2002 New Zealand had its best representation on the PGA Tour with five players.

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