Notebook: Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, Rd. 3March 24, 2013
By Dave Senko, Champions Tour staff
-- One year after having his bid for victory stifled here when Fred Couples birdied the 54th hole, Michael Allen made sure he didn’t suffer the same fate this year. Closing with a final-round 5-under-par 67, he finished one stroke better than Bernhard Langer at Fallen Oak. Leading by one heading to No. 18, Allen missed a four-foot putt for par to drop back into a tie for the lead with Langer, who was two holes behind. Moments after Allen’s miss, Langer bogeyed No. 16 after seeing his second shot plug in the bunker, giving the advantage back to Allen. Langer was unable to recover from the one error, giving Allen his fourth career win.
-- With his victory, Allen has now won four Champions Tour titles, including three in the last calendar year. This was his 63rd start on the Champions Tour.
-- Allen earned 240 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race and moved into sixth place in the standings with 284 points. He also earned $240,000 and is now sixth on the current money list with $325,733.
-- Despite finishing second to Allen, Bernhard Langer moved back into first place in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race with 658 points. David Frost is now second with 619 points and Rocco Mediate is third with 461 points.
-- With his T6 finish, David Frost has now posted eight consecutive top-10 finishes dating back to last year. During this stretch he has won twice and earned $1,008,000, an average of $126,000 per start.
-- Gene Sauers enjoyed his best finish on the Champions Tour when he claimed a T3 on Sunday. His previous best was a T8 at last year’s Pacific Links Hawai’I Championship. It was also his best showing since he won the 2002 Air Canada Championship.
-- Defending champion Couples finished T12 after a closing-round 2-over 74.
-- Rocco Mediate closed with a 5-under-par 67 and finished T6. It was his fourth top-10 finish in as many starts since he joined the Champions Tour in February.
-- Russ Cochran rebounded from an opening-round 2-over-par 74 to post consecutive rounds of 67 on the weekend which led to a T3 finish, his best showing of the year so far.
-- Former PGA TOUR winner Brian Henninger finished T44 in his Champions Tour debut and John Inman finished T48 in his first start.
-- Allen Doyle (back) and Wayne Levi (shoulder) withdrew prior to the start of their final rounds.
-- Gary Hallberg one-putted 26 holes for the event with 11 of those on Saturday and 13 more on Sunday. Hallberg one-putted his final nine holes on Sunday. Hallberg had the fewest putts in the tournament (79), but finished last in greens in regulation (28 of 54/51.8%).
-- Bernhard Langer’s streak of consecutive rounds par/better now stands at 21, dating back to the close of the 2012 season. It is the longest current streak on the Champions Tour.
-- Wind was again a factor on the scoring average with the field finishing with an average of 73.025 on Sunday. That was more than two strokes higher than Saturday’s average of 70.667, but still shy of Friday’s average of 73.617.
-- The most difficult hole for the event was No. 2 with an average score of 4.278 (+.278). There were just 17 birdies on the hole over the three rounds, including seven on Sunday. However, No. 16 was the most difficult on Sunday and there was just one birdie – Steve Pate. There were 38 bogeys and a pair of double bogeys on the hole. The easiest was No. 6 with an average of 4.614 (-.386).