Notebook: Allen found his lucky numbers in Mississippi

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April 01, 2013

By Mark Williams, Champions Tour staff

News and notes from around the Champions Tour for the week of April 1, 2012.

RECENTLY

• For the first time in his Champions Tour career David Frost earned the Champions Tour Player of the Month title, winning the award for his stellar play in March. Last month, Frost won the Toshiba Classic in wire-to-wire fashion with a 19-under score of 194 and followed up with a T6 finish at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. He was 25-under for the six rounds he played in March and earned $316,900. Frost also led the season-long Charles Schwab Cup points race after his Toshiba Classic victory, where his five stroke winning margin over Fred Couples is the largest this year.

• Michael Allen ranked T13 in greens in regulation when he won the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak recently. He is the first winner on the Champions Tour this season to rank outside the top five in the GIR category.

• Mark O’Meara shot 78-72 to miss the cut at last week’s Shell Houston Open on the PGA TOUR. It was his eighth start in the event and first since 1994.

COMING UP
The Greater Gwinnett Championship presented by Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating (April 15-21) has commitments from 28 of the top 30 players on last year’s Champions Tour money list.

CHARLES SCHWAB CUP

Through the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, the fifth of 26 events on the Champions Tour in 2013, Bernhard Langer has a 39-point lead over David Frost in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race. At the same stage of the Schwab Cup race last year, Langer led by seven points over Michael Allen.

NUMBERS

21 – The number of consecutive par or better rounds for Bernhard Langer on the Champions Tour, the longest current streak in that category, dating to the second round of the 2012 AT&T Championship.

ON THIS DATE

4/1/07 – Keith Fergus wins The Ginn Championship at Hammock Beach on the Champions Tour, joining Ron Streck as the only players to win on all three tours at the time.

DID YOU KNOW?

Michael Allen shot identical scores in his last two tournaments (70-68-67—205) to finish T8 at the Toshiba Classic and win the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.

QUOTES TO NOTE

“Ryder Cups. The fact that I was playing on a team, the fact that I didn't want to let my teammates down or embarrass myself.” – Mark O’Meara explains where and why he has felt the most pressure on a golf course.

TWEET OF THE WEEK

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