New Zealander Steve Alker has picked up where he left off in 2021 with a runner-up finish at the opening event of the 2022 PGA Tour Champions, the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in Hawaii
Alker actually tied for the lead through 54 holes before losing a playoff at the 2nd extra hole to Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Both Alker and Jimenez stormed home in 31 including birdies at the last by both to force a playoff and finish one shot ahead of Vijay Singh and Canadian Stephen Ames.
Alker only joined the PGA Tour Champions in August of 2021 as a Monday qualifier but played his way to full status with a remarkable run of finishes in the latter half of last year, recording a remarkable nine top tens in ten starts, including his win in November and a runner-up finish at the season ending Charles Schwab Cup.
The win gained him access to this season opener, the field restricted to winners on the PGA Tour Champions over the past two years and senior major champions over the past five years.
Alker earns another US$200,000 for the runner-up finish and in just five months since joining the tour for over fifties he has accumulated US$1.35 million in earnings.