Alker shoots 64 and leads the PGA Champions Tour in Iowa

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Jerry Kelly watches his shot from the third tee during the second round of the PGA Tour Champions Principal Charity Classic golf tournament, Saturday, June 4, 2022, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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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.

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