On several occasions during his career Alker has won from left field so to speak. Just he had when winning in Utah last year, Alker reversed some indifferent form in 2014 with victory at the Web.Com Tour's Cleveland Open.
Perhaps buoyed by again gaining a start at the US Open just a few days ago, Alker survived a playoff which lasted 11 holes before the 42 year old birdied to win over Dawie Van der Walt.
Alker had dropped shots at the final two holes of his round while Van der Walt had birdied both, producing a huge swing after Alker has appeared set for victory in regulation time despite the late blunder.
Van der Walt, playing in the group behind Alker, actually produced a back nine of 30 to so nearly take the title outright.
Alker will move to 11th on the Web.Com Tour money list and heads to Pinehurst with perhaps more confidence than was the case when he made the cut at Merion last year.
Mathew Goggin, who shared the lead into the final round had a horror day, Alker reducing a ten shot deficit after Goggin, battled to a round of 75 to eventually finish 18th.