Alker by two in Ohio20 Jul 2014
Steven Alker forged to the front in the Albertsons Boise Open, with a 6 under par 65, to set a new tournament 54 hole record at -20. He holds a 2 shot lead over Steven Wheatcroft and Zack Sucher. Starting with a bogey, Alker then turbocharged his round going 5 under for the next 5 holes, then picked up two further birdies on the back nine. A win or a top finish should see him well within sight of a PGA Tour card.
Lydia Ko is also well placed at -9 in the Marathon Classic in Ohio, two back from the leaders in a packed field with many chances.
Not so at The Open Championship, where Rory McIlroy's two eagles in the last 3 holes have created considerable daylight between him and the rest of the field. The threatened forecasted rough weather did not eventuate, and the final round will use the normal two ball, one tee start. Set your alarm for 5.00am NZ time, and you should be able to catch the last 4 or 5 holes live....
Heavy weather ahead at Open Championship19 Jul 2014
For the first time in its history, the Open Championship will feature a two tee start in the 3rd round, in an attempt to avoid the worst of the weather forecasted, which predicts thunderstorms and winds gusting to 50kph on the Saturday (UK time). This means the leaders will tee off at 10.00pm NZ time tonight, which is when live coverage starts.
Tiger Woods made heavy weather of his 2nd round as well, starting with a double, with a birdie on the last just getting him inside the cut line, but 12 behind runaway leader Rory McIlroy. However, the weather could prove the leveller with the two tee start meaning similar conditions for the 72 players left in the field on moving day.
The weather and scoring continue to be scorching in Boise, Idaho, where Steven Alker added a 66 to his opening 62, to lie 14 under, one behind joint leaders Zach Sucher and Bill Lundie. Lundie's 2nd 9 included a five hole stretch of 1, 5, 3, 4, & 2 from the 13th, on his way to a 61. The cut was a blistering -6.
Lydia Ko lies 2nd on -8 at the Marathon Classic in Ohio, 3 shots behind Laura Diaz.
All in all, plenty to keep an eye on over the next two days!