Steven Alker topped another ranking of PGA Tour champions on Saturday by earning a share of the lead in the second round of the Principal Charity Classic with an 8-under 64.
After a win last week in Michigan in the big Senior PGA Championship, Alker played the four par-5 holes at the Wakonda Club in 5 under – with an eagle and three birdies – to face fast-closing first-round leader Jerry Kelly. to match Triplet and Brett Quigley at 13 under 131.
Alker is trying to win for the fifth time in his last 12 events. The 50-year-old New Zealander has spent most of his career on the Korn Ferry Tour and a few seasons on the PGA Tour and European Tour. Last week at Benton Harbor, he finished with an 8-under 63 for a three-shot win.
Alker screwed the fourth of the first holes and added another on the par 5 eighth in a front nine 31, then holed 20 feet from the edge of the par 5 13. and made his last birdie of the day on the par. 5 15th.
Kelly had six straight birdies in a 66. The birdie run ended on the par-4 18th when he went a foot short of a 20-foot run.
The 60-year-old triplet was followed by an opening 63 with a 68.
Quigley shot 66 and birdied the last three holes.
Bernhard Langer was a shot behind after a 66. The 64-year-old German star fucked three of the last five holes in a bogey-free round.
Steve Stricker was a week under 8 after 67 after being forced to withdraw from the Senior PGA after a positive COVID-19 test result. He won the major in Alabama on his previous start.
Fred Couples was also in the group at 8 under and shot 69.
Defending champion Stephen Ames was 6 under after a 67.