O'Meara beats Allen in playoff at Senior Players|
Potomac, MD (Sports Network) - Mark O'Meara two-putted for par on the first
playoff hole Sunday to defeat Michael Allen and win the final major of the
year, the Senior Players Championship.
O'Meara was the only player with four rounds in the 60s, closing with a two-
under 68, but Allen posted a four-under 66 to force the extra session as they
both finished at seven-under-par 273.
In the playoff, Allen's tee shot hit a pair of trees and ended up in the right
rough, while O'Meara's drive landed in the fairway on No. 18 at the TPC
Potomac at Avenel Farm.
Allen's approach came up short of the green and O'Meara left himself 30 feet.
Allen chipped to about 15 feet, but could only two-putt for bogey. O'Meara
rolled his birdie effort inside four feet and kicked in his par putt for his
first individual win on the Champions Tour.
"It was a long day. It was a hard-fought day out there," O'Meara said in a
television interview. "It's been a long time, so this is pretty sweet."
O'Meara, who earned $405,000 for the victory, teamed with Nick Price to win
the Legends of Golf earlier this year.
Loren Roberts ended alone in third at minus-five after shooting 68. Jeff
Sluman fired a 66 to take fourth at four-under-par 276.
O'Meara looked to be in control when he rolled in a long birdie putt on the
15th to take a three-stroke lead.
But that cushion was gone quickly. After getting up and down for birdie on the
short par-four 14th, Allen drained an 11-footer to move to six-under.
O'Meara hit a poor drive on the 16th and made a bogey. He was tied for the
lead with Allen at that point thanks to Allen's 10-foot birdie putt at 17.
"I was kind of fighting it all day," O'Meara said of his swing. "I drove it
OK, but I wouldn't say I was flushing it. In the playoff, I hit a great
drive and that kind of set things up a little bit."
Allen had a chance to get to eight-under, but missed a 12-foot birdie effort
on the 18th hole. O'Meara parred 17 before knocking his approach to about 30
feet at the last.
O'Meara's birdie effort stopped inches short of the hole and his par forced
The 1998 Masters and British Open champion led by two at the start of the
round and was still that far ahead until the 16th. He posted a birdie on the
first, then traded a bogey for a birdie from the third.
O'Meara reeled off eight straight pars from the fifth. His lead with a three
after an 18-foot birdie putt at 13, but Allen was about to close the gap.
Allen stumbled to a bogey on the first. He came back with birdies on five and
eight to get to four-under. Allen parred five straight from the ninth, then
made his move.
Russ Cochran, who won back-to-back events last month, closed with an even-par
70 to join Joe Ozaki (69) in fifth place at three-under-par 277. Mike Reid, a
two-time major winner on the Champions Tour, was the only other player in red
figures at minus-one after closing with a 70.
NOTES: This was the first time O'Meara held sole possession of the lead
heading into the final round of an event since the 1996 Mercedes Championship
on the PGA Tour...Since 1990, the 54-hole leader or co-leader has won this
title 12 of 21 times...This was the 23rd of 26 official events this season for
the Champions Tour...After a week off, the tour returns to action with the
Administaff Small Business Classic, where John Cook won last year.
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