New Zealand’s Steve Alker has continued a remarkable run on the PGA Tour Champions when breaking through for victory at the Timber Tech Championship in Boca Raton in Florida today.
Alker played his first PGA Tour Champions event in August when Monday qualifying for an event in Washington State and in each and every start since has finished inside the top ten securing a start for the following week as a result.
Alker’s victory takes him to 22nd place in the Charles Schwab Cup points standing, earning him a start at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in his home state of Phoenix but more importantly confirming his full status on the 2022 PGA Tour Champions.
Given how demanding it is just to get a start on the PGA Tour Champions never mind full status, it has been a remarkable elevation for the 50-year-old and opens the door for significant earnings over the next few years on the PGA Tour Champions, especially given a game that is built around percentages.
Alker’s final round of 68 at the Old Course at Broken Sound was confirmed with a delightful pitch from a grassy lie adjacent to the green to less than a foot and the typically understated Alker could not help but produce several fist pumps given the magnitude of what he had achieved over the last few months.
“Yeah, 50’s good. I’m still feeling pretty good, I’m in decent shape,” said Alker. It’s just exciting, a new chapter for me. Coming off the Korn Ferry Tour, I’ve been doing the hard yards there, but at the same time it was good preparation for me coming out here. As I said, all my ducks are in a row and just happened to be this week.”
“I thought, well, if I can come out and do many some Mondays, Tuesdays, do some events and try to qualify and get some events under my belt, that would be great,” added Alker when asked to assess the last three months. “To be standing here and talking to you guys with a win, it’s amazing.”
“I think it’s just all about wanting to be out here, just some good focus on trying to play some good golf. I’ve been out here amongst these guys, it’s been amazing. They’ve been so welcoming, and my game’s coming around at the right time. There’s a lot of things that have happened, just mentally in a good place, getting all the ducks in a row and boom, that’s what happened.”
Alker won by two over Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jim Furyk.