Knox shoots 59 as Steve Alker fires at Idaho

Last updated 21:00 27/07/2013

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Kiwi golfers Steve Alker, Tim Wilkinson and Danny Lee all made the cut at the Idaho Open in Boise on the web.com.tour.

Alker shot 68 after his first-round 62 for at two-round total of 130, two shots off the lead and tied for fifth.

Lee's 64 was the best round of the Kiwis. He is nine-under on 133, with Wilkinson (71) a shot back on 134.

The round of the day was a sizzling 59 by Russell Knox, which gave him the outright lead at 128. The Scot missed a chance to break the tour record when he parred the final two holes. The 28-year-old had two eagles and eight birdies, making a 2-metre par putt on his final hole.

All three Kiwis are currently among the top-25 players who automatically gain full playing cards for the US PGA tour next year.

Meanwhile, in Europe, Michael Campbell has made the cut on his debut at the Russian Open.

Campbell, who carded a two-under par 70 at the Tseleevo Golf and Polo Club to be in a share of 14th place after round one, signed for a one-over par 73 in round two to be in a share of 29th place.

In England, New Zealand veteran Greg Turner is in contention on his debut at the Senior British Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

The 50-year-old Otago professional, who opened with an even-par round of 70 at the world-famous links to be in a share of 11th place, carded a one-under par 69 to be tied 10th at the halfway stage.

The two-time winner of the NZ Open will begin round three only four shots back from the leaders, American Mark Wiebe and German legend Bernhard Langer, who are five-under. Turner came home with three birdies and a bogey on the back nine to keep pace with leaders.

In women's golf, world No 1 amateur Lydia Ko has had a memorable first round at the home of golf, St Andrews, as she prepares for next week's British Open in Scotland.

The 16-year-old from the Gulf Harbour Country Club wrote on her Facebook page: "Played St. Andrews Old Course for the first time! It was sooo fun! Shot -7!! Was a great experience! # traditional # homeofgolf."

Ko finished tied seventh last week at the Marathon Classic on the LPGA Tour in Ohio to claim her seventh top-10 finish of the year.

She returns to the British Open after finishing as the leading amateur in 2012. Ko has finished leading amateur in four out of her five majors.

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