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February 25 2012

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Allen, 53, gets his shot at history

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Michael Allen has three career runner-up finishes on TOUR.

If Sam Snead's longtime record as the oldest TOUR winner is to be broken, it is likely to happen at the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

There's just something about El Camaleon that brings out the best in players around or over 50 years of age.

Fred Funk won the Mayakoba Golf Classic at age 50 in 2007, and 53-year-old John Cook finished only three shots behind winner Johnson Wagner in 2011. Both Funk and Cook were back in 2012 -- Funk made the cut; Cook didn't.

But all eyes at Mayakoba are on Michael Allen, who turned 53 just last month. Allen has played over 300 times on the PGA TOUR without winning, although he does have three second-place finishes, most recently in 2010 at the Viking Classic.

Even at his age, winning on the PGA TOUR is something Allen wants to accomplish before its too late. And this week's Mayakoba Golf Classic is his best shot at doing that.

Allen is working on one of the best rounds on Saturday at El Camaleon. He bogeyed the par-4 15th to drop four shots back, but he's still 4 under on the day on a good day for scoring in Mexico.

Should Allen go low and win on Sunday, he would best Snead's record by a few months:

Player Age Tournament
Sam Snead 52 years, 10 months 1965 Greater Greensboro Open
Art Wall 51 years, 7 months 1975 Greater Milwaukee Open
Jim Barnes 51 years, 3 months 1937 Long Island Open
John Barnum 51 years, 1 month 1962 Cajun Classic
Fred Funk 50 years, 8 months 2007 Mayakoba Golf Classic
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