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Alker runs hot

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Kiwi golfer Steven Alker wasted no time in getting to work at the Barbasol Championsh­ip in Alabama yesterday, finding himself in an early tie for first place. Alker birdied six of his opening eight holes to hold a share of the lead at six-under-par. However, he immediatel­y dropped off the top spot on his ninth hole of the day – the parfour 18th – with a bogey. Coming into the second half of his round, Alker looked to maintain his position near the top and notched three pars in a row. However, another bogey on the par-four fourth hole saw him drop another shot and fall to a tie for ninth place at four-under. Alker still had five holes left to play in his opening round after play was suspended due to fading light.

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