Looking back, Steven Alker's Senior US PGA win is inexplicable

Steven Alker reflects on a career of two halves after he came from four strokes behind to claim the Senior US PGA Championship.

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Mon, 30 May 2022
Looking back, Steven Alker's Senior US PGA win is inexplicable

With all due respect to Steven Alker he was a bit of a nobody in the first half of his career, but on the PGA Tour Champions he is the man who seemingly comes from nowhere to win. 

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It was looking as if we were going to be writing about the enduring brilliance of Bernhard Langer again but 50-year-old Alker had other plans. 

He came from four shots down at the start of the final round at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor and fired an 8-under 63 to claim the Senior US PGA. 

To put that in to perspective, he has now won three times in his last five starts and it's his fourth in 19 starts since joining the senior circuit. 

"Just perseverance," Alker told the media afterwards when asked how he has done it. "That's all I can say. Just perseverance with a capital P."

Throughout his career, he's needed a lot of that. 

 

 

According to the PGA Tour official site, he's made 86 starts and never recorded a single top-10, missing 47 cuts. 

On the now defunct European Tour, he's 80 starts and missed cuts in 42. He did have one top-10. 

He's also grinded it out on what is now the Korn Ferry Tour when it was known as the Nike Tour, Buy.Com Tour and the Web.com Tour. 

Alker did win four times there, but he'll tell you it's not the same. 

He added: "I can't put my finger on one thing exactly. I look back and I go, geez, did I really have the game or did I have the attitude?

"I think right now, I've matured and it's a second wind.

"That's the biggest thing, I've had these 18 months, two years, 50s coming up, so let's stay in shape.

"Let's keep playing. We have a second career. Let's go for it. Let's go."

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Final leaderboard

S. Alker -16

S. Ames -13

B. Langer -10

K.J. Choi, M. Jimenez, M. Weird, P. Goydos -9

M. Hensby, B. Gay, S. Bertsch, C. Montgomerie, B. Jobe -8 

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