Another US$91,000 earned by Steve Alker for a share of 4th place at the opening event of the PGA Tour Champions playoffs, the Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Richmond in Virginia, has further confirmed his standing on the PGA Tour Champions and guarantees the 50-year-old New Zealander a start in the penultimate event on the 2021 schedule and a possible start at the season ending Charles Schwab Championship.

Alker has played his way into the field for the Timber Tech Championship in Boca Raton beginning on November 5th followed a week later by the Charl Schwab Championship in Phoenix near Alker’s adopted hometown in Arizona.

The leading 54 players on the Charl Schwab list at the completion of this week’s event have made it to the Timber Tech with the leading 36 there advancing to the Charl Schwab Championship.

Alker’s finish in Virginia moved him 9 places to 46th on the Charl Schwab list with another high finish in Boca Raton not only earning him a start in Phoenix but the possibility of earning his way to full status on the PGA Tour Champions in 2022.

After leading through Friday’s opening round, Alker was still very much in contention for the title during today’s final round but a missed 6-foot birdie opportunity at the 15th was followed by failing to birdie the par 5 16th and when he bogeyed the 17th after finding the front trap his chance of victory had gone.

He would however hit two impressive shots flag high at the par 5 last and make a seven-foot birdie putt to finish in his share of 4th to record his 7th consecutive top ten since starting the PGA Tour Champions via qualifying in August.