Allen shoots 60 to match Champions Tour record

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 7, 2014 at 5:27 pm •  Published: February 7, 2014
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BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Michael Allen said it wasn't until his 15th hole that he started thinking about shooting golf's magic number of 59.

And he promptly missed the birdie putt on the par-5 sixth hole.

But with birdies on two of his last three holes, Allen matched the Champions Tour record with a 12-under 60 on Friday in the Allianz Championship, finishing the first round with an eagle and 10 birdies.

The 55-year-old Allen became the ninth player in the 35-year history of the 50-and-over tour to shoot 60 and the first to accomplish the feat on a par-72 course.

"The story of my career — almost," said Allen, winless in 369 starts on the PGA Tour. "After I missed that birdie putt on No. 6, I kind of figured it wasn't happening."

Allen took advantage of the calm conditions on the Old Course at Broken Sound to grab a three-shot lead over Scott Dunlap. Allen played his last 15 holes in 11 under, highlighted by a 20-foot eagle putt on the 18th — his ninth hole of the day.

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