Stuart Appleby – his best finish on the PGA Tour Champions – file photo

Stuart Appleby, Rod Pampling and New Zealand’s Steve Alker have tied for 3rd place in the opening major of the PGA Tour Champions season.

The trio finished seven shots behind the runaway winner, Steve Stricker and one behind the runner-up Padraig Harrington at the Regions Traditions event in Birmingham in Alabama.

The trio finished in a five way tie for 3rd, a bogey at the last costing Alker US$52,000 being the difference between finishing 3rd alone and the US$128,000 he and the others earn for their share of 3rd.

For Appleby, who is playing just his 10th event on the PGA Tour Champions after joining the tour in 2021, it is by some way his best finish in the over-50’s tour, his previous best being when 12th in the SAS Champions event last year.

Pampling has been on the PGA Tour Champions since September 2019 and has one win to his name in that time and has earnings over US$2 million in that time.

Pampling’s final round of 67 saw him record his best finish of the season.

Alker has been the standout on the PGA Tour Champions in 2022 with two wins, two runner-up finishes and now a 3rd place amongst his 8 starts to date. He leads the standings on the tour this season.

The winner, Stricker, won by six to record his second win in this event, a major of the PGA Tour Champions.