Michael Allen holds one-stroke lead entering Sunday at the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton
11:36 PM, Feb 8, 2014
5:58 AM, Feb 9, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Michael Allen birdied four of his last eight holes for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead over Scott Dunlap and Chien Soon Lu on Saturday in the Allianz Championship at Broken Sound.
A day after becoming the ninth player to shoot a 60 on the Champions Tour, Allen fell out of the lead after playing his first 11 holes in 1 over. He birdied the next two holes to move into a share of the lead and birdied the last two to finish two rounds at 15-under 129.
"I knew if I hung in there, eventually the birdies would start coming," said Allen, a five-time winner on the 50-and-over tour.
With calm, warm condition on The Old Course, the field combined for a scoring average of 69.6, the lowest in the eight-year history of the event. Lu shot his second straight 65, and Dunlap followed his opening 63 with a 67. Both players are winless on the tour.
Duffy Waldorf was fourth at 13 under after a 63. He played the front nine in 7-under 29.
Jay Haas, winless in 123 starts in Florida, was another stroke back along with Tom Lehman. Haas had a 64, and Lehman shot 67. NBC announcer Gary Koch was 11 under after a 66.