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The Tour Report

October 21 2011

12:27 PM

Veteran Allen giving chase

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – If you’re looking for an early favorite to win the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in two weeks at Harding Park don’t forget about Michael Allen.

He might rank 18th in the season-long race for the Schwab Cup, but Allen is certainly sharp this week at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. The 52-year-old is old enough to be the father of several of his closest competitors but golf is nothing if not a game for the ages.

Allen is 5 under through 12 holes on the Palm Course and he trails 22-year-old Bio Kim by one shot at 8 under for the tournament. Allen is tied for second with Brandt Jobe, Kevin Chappell, Kris Blanks and Derek Lamely.

Allen, who is playing in his fifth PGA TOUR event of the season, has nine top-10s in 18 starts on the Champions Tour. He has yet to win on the PGA TOUR but captured the Senior PGA Championship last year in his debut on the 50-and-over circuit.