Alker wins Utah Championship despite Wilcox's 59

11:50 PM, Jul 14, 2013   |    comments
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Sandy, UT (Sports Network) - Steven Alker closed with a 5-under 66 on Sunday, then parred the first playoff hole to win the Utah Championship.

Ashley Hall posted a 6-under 65 to join Alker at 22-under-par 262. The duo tied the tournament scoring record, which Brendon Todd set in 2008 and J.J. Killeen matched in 2011 at Willow Creek Country Club.

Back at the par-3 18th for the playoff, Hall went first and dumped his tee shot in the water short of the green. Alker followed by hitting his tee ball some 40 feet behind the hole.

Hall pitched his third to six feet. Alker left his birdie putt short, then watched Hall tap in for bogey.

Alker, who hadn't won on the Tour since 2009, knocked in his 4-footer for par and the win.

Will Wilcox fired the fourth 59 in tour history on Sunday. He birdied his final two holes to post the magic number. At the time, those birdies gave him a piece of the lead, but Alker and Hall moved him late in the round.

Wilcox was joined in third place by Ben Martin (66) and third-round leader Chad Collins (69). Collins, who finished his third round earlier Sunday after a pair of weather delays on Saturday, had a chance at 59 in Friday's second round, but he parred his final six holes.

Shane Bertsch closed with a 66 to end alone in sixth at 20-under-par 264.


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