Allen wins Pro-Am of Tampa Bay|
Lutz, Florida (Sports Network) - Michael Allen carded a three-under 68 on
Sunday to finish off a three-stroke victory at the Encompass Insurance Pro-Am
of Tampa Bay.
Allen ended the tournament at 12-under 201 to claim his second Champions Tour
win, and first since the 2009 Senior PGA Championship. He made three birdies
on his back nine to keep his distance from the field at TPC Tampa Bay.
While Allen hadn't won since 2009, he came very close a few times this season.
He tied for third at the first two events of the season, and was runner-up to
Fred Couples three weeks ago at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.
"I played a lot of really good golf out here," Allen said. "I knew it was
going to come again soon, so it's very nice to get it over with. It was a
Kenny Perry fired a six-under 65 on Sunday and took second at minus-nine.
Peter Senior's 67 allowed him to finish in third, at seven-under.
Allen initially slipped back toward the field, as bogeys at three and four put
him at minus-seven.
Perry started two groups ahead of him, and had used an eagle on the opening
hole to reach five-under. But he also bogeyed the third, a costly stroke to
give up in pursuit of Allen.
While Perry birdied the fourth, he made seven consecutive pars around the turn
to stay at minus-five -- not the kind of run he needed to get into first
Allen built his cushion back up with birdies at five and seven. He made the
turn at nine-under, so by the time Perry sank another eagle try at the 12th,
it only got him within a few shots of the lead.
Perry, who won the ACE Group Classic in February, had little room for error,
but made another one at the 13th with a bogey. He birdied the next hole to get
back to seven-under, and needed all the birdies he could get over his final
But Allen simply pulled away. Birdies at the 12th and 14th holes got him to
minus-11, too low of a number for Perry to reach. Perry did birdie his final
two holes, but that got him only to nine-under.
"He would have had to play a poor round and he didn't do it," Perry said.
Allen made a final birdie at 17, then parred the last to secure his win.
NOTES: Allen pocketed $240,000 for the victory...John Cook, the 2011 champion,
shot a four-over 75 on Sunday and finished in a tie for 37th, at plus-
five...Next week, the Champions Tour heads to Savannah, Georgia for the
Legends of Golf, which David Eger and Mark McNulty won last year.
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