Rd. 3 notes: Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends

April 22, 2012
Dave Senko, Champions Tour staff

Weather: Variable cloudiness with highs in the mid-70s. Rain showers passed through the area near the conclusion of the round. Winds were from the NW at 10-15 mph with gusts to 25 mph.

Final Results (Top 5): 1) David Frost/Michael Allen/62-63-62--187 (-29) 2) John Cook/Joey Sindelar/63-64-61--188 (-28); T3) Andy Bean/Chien Soon Lu/63-64-62--189 (-27), Jeff Sluman/Brad Faxon/62-64-63--189 (-27), Brad Bryant/Tom Purtzer/60-65-64--189 (-27) .


Michael Allen and teammate David Frost played near-flawless golf and it led to a one-stroke victory in the Legends Division of the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf over John Cook and Joey Sindelar. Allen and Frost finished with a 54-hole, bogey-free total of 29-under-par 187. The key shot of the day came at No. 14 when Frost chipped in from 40 feet for eagle on the par-4 hole which gave them a lead they never relinquished.

• Allen and Frost's 54-hole total of 29-under-par 187 was the lowest score in this event since 2008 when Andy North and Tom Watson teamed up for a 54-hole score of 31-under-par 185.

• With the win, Allen claims his second consecutive title, making him the first Champions Tour player to post back-to-back wins since Cook won the 2010 Charles Schwab Cup and the 2011 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. It was Allen's third career win on the Champions Tour. He also won the 2009 Senior PGA Championship and last week's Encompass Insurance Pro-Am of Tampa Bay.

• The win was the second on the Champions Tour for Frost. He also won the 2010 3M Championship in Minnesota. Frost and Allen each earned $230,000 with the victory as well as 230 points in the Charles Schwab Cup race.

• Allen and Frost have now played 108 consecutive holes without a bogey in this tournament dating back to last year when they finished T3. They have posted 53 birdies and an eagle during that span.

• Allen's 230 points in the Charles Schwab Cup race increased his margin to 350 points over Bernhard Langer in the season-long race. Allen now has 850 points to Langer's 500. Corey Pavin is now third with 423 points and is followed by Kenny Perry (381) and Fred Couples (346).

• Allen also opened up a good-sized lead in the current money race. He has now earned $891,782, $339,100 ahead of Bernhard Langer.

• Former Ohio State teammates Cook and Sindelar finished as runner-ups for the second time in this tournament. They made a good run for a win on Sunday, finishing with the day's low round, an 11-under-par 61, but fell one stroke shy. The pair lost in a playoff to Mark O'Meara and Nick Price in 2010. In addition they own a T3 in 2009 and a T4 in 2008. A year ago, Sindelar had to WD with a back issue after the first round.

• Chien Soon Lu and partner Andy Bean had another nice showing in this tournament. The duo finished T3, two strokes behind Allen and Frost. They also teamed up to finish T3 in 2010.

David Eger and Mark McNulty, the 2011 winners, finished T13 in defense of their title.

• With his T13 finish and check for $27,150, Russ Cochran went over the $10 million mark in all-time earnings. He now has won $10,024,654 in his career.