Allen shoots 69, hangs onto Allianz lead

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 8, 2014 at 5:00 pm •  Published: February 8, 2014
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BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Michael Allen was prouder of the 3-under 69 he shot Saturday than his record-tying 60 the day before.

A day after making the game look so easy when he was the ninth player to shoot 60 on the Champions Tour, Allen fought his swing from the opening drive at Broken Sound.

He fell out of the lead after playing his first 10 holes in 1 over, but birdied four of his last eight holes to take a one-stroke lead over Scott Dunlap and Chien Soon Lu in the Allianz Championship.

"This is one of those rounds I really feel good about," said Allen, who is at 15-under 129 entering the final round. " ''I knew if I hung in there, eventually the birdies would start coming."

Allen has a more difficult task to win for the sixth time on the 50-and-over tour. With calm, warm condition on The Old Course, the field combined for a scoring average of 69.67, the lowest in the eight-year history of the event.

Allen had only one player — Dunlap — within four shots of his lead after the first round. Now, there are seven players within four shots entering Sunday's final round.

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