Allen takes second Tour win in Florida
Michael Allen didn't let early struggles stop him from ending a long title drought.
Allen won the Encompass Insurance Pro-Am on Sunday for his second Champions Tour title, closing with a 3-under 68 for a three-stroke victory over Kenny Perry.
"It's been a long time since I beat these guys," Allen said. "I haven't beat them very often. It's very nice to get on 18 and finally go, 'man, I got them all.'"
Allen also won the 2009 Senior PGA Championship. He was winless in 40 Champions Tour events since then.
"To be honest, I've played a lot of really good golf out here and I knew it was going to come again soon," Allen said.
Allen finished the three-day event at 12 under. He took a five-shot advantage into the final round, tying the tournament record for the largest 36-hole margin.
"I've never had a five-shot lead," Allen said. "Fuzzy (Zoeller) told me to play like I was broke, so I tried to do that. You never quite know what you really have to do until it's over."
Isao Aoki (1996) and Bruce Fleisher (2000) also took five-stroke leads into the final round of the tournament. Aoki wound up tying for eighth, and Fleisher won by four shots.
Allen bogeyed Nos 3 and 4 at TPC Tampa Bay to cut his lead to one, but rebounded with birdies on two of the next three holes. He extended his advantage to four shots with birdies on 12 and 14.
"There was a little flutter of hope when he dropped a couple early, but he put that to rest pretty quick," said Peter Senior, who finished third at 7 under. "He's been playing really, really well. From tee to green, he's just on a bit of a roll. He's got his game in good shape."
Allen has four top-three finishes in six events this year.
Perry eagled the par-4 first hole and par-5 12th during a round of 65. It was the fifth time in the event's history that a player had a pair of eagles in a round.
"It got me in a good frame of mind," Perry said. "It took a lot of pressure off of me. I just knew I needed to shoot 65 or lower. I'm six behind starting the day. I did it. I played a beautiful round of golf."
The 63-year-old Fleisher, who lead after the first round, shot a 74 to finish at 4 over.
Senior shot a 67.
One of Perry's playing competitors, Corey Pavin, also had an eagle on 12. Pavin shot 70 and ended up fourth at 5 under.
Kirk Triplett had a 72 to tie for eighth at 2 under in his first start on the 50-and-over tour.
Allen took over the lead in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup points race with 620. Bernhard Langer, who finished fifth Sunday, is second with 463.
FINAL ROUND SCORES
201 Michael Allen 66-67-68
204 Kenny Perry 72-67-65
206 Peter Senior 67-72-67
208 Corey Pavin 67-71-70
209 Bernhard Langer 67-71-71
210 Olin Browne 72-66-72, Russ Cochran 67-72 71
211 Brad Bryant 67-73-71,David Eger 73-66-72, Bill Glasson 71-71-69, Jay Haas 69-71-71, Kirk Triplett 68-71-72
212 Jeff Hart 73-70-69, Sandy Lyle 69-69-74, Jim Thorpe 72-69-71
213 Jay Don Blake 69-72-72, Gary Hallberg 69-73-71, P.H. Horgan III 72-74-67, Andy North 68-72-73
214 Dan Forsman 71-71-72 Larry Mize 73-72-69 Jeff Sluman 71-75-68, D.A. Weibring 72-74-68, Tom Jenkins 68-71-75, Jerry Pate 69-72-73
215 Dana Quigley 72-70-73
216 Bob Gilder 74-72-70 Morris Hatalsky 72-71-73 Gary Koch 76-73-67, Larry Nelson 70-71-75, Steve Pate 70-71-75
217 Keith Fergus 70-73-74, Bruce Fleisher 65-78-74 Tom Purtzer 69-76-72, Jim Rutledge 75-73-69, Joey Sindelar 69-77-71
218 Bobby Clampett 74-75-69 John Cook 73-70-75, Mike Goodes 70-72-76, Mark Mouland 72-73-73, Loren Roberts 71-76-71, Curtis Strange 76-72-70
219 Tom Kite 72-75-72, Mike Reid 72-74-73, Scott Simpson 73-76-70, Rod Spittle 77-72-70 Hal Sutton 73-77-69
220 Brad Faxon 72-73-75, David Frost 75-71-74, Hale Irwin 70-71-79, Dick Mast 75-70-75
221 Mark Brooks 75-74-72, Bob Tway 74-71-76
222 Chip Beck 78-72-72, Allen Doyle 71-78-73, Robin Freeman 74-68-80, John Huston 70-75-77, Peter Jacobsen 74-75-73, J.L. Lewis 68-76-78, Ted Schulz 70-75-77, Bobby Wadkins 72-74-76
223 David Peoples 72-80-71, Sonny Skinner 74-74-75
224Mark Calcavecchia 74-78-72, Jim Gallagher, Jr. 72-77-75, Walter Hall 73-76-75, Mark McNulty 75-71-78
225 Jim Carter 73-78-74, Steve Lowery 72-79-74
227 John Jacobs 73-77-77, Mark Wiebe 77-73-77
228 James Mason 80-74-74
230 Chien Soon Lu 66-79-85
232 Fuzzy Zoeller 80-76-76
237 Mike McCullough 80-81-76
250 Roger Maltbie 83-84-83
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