SAUCIER, Miss. — Michael Allen was stunned for a second, staring at the 4-foot par putt he missed on the 18th hole that dropped him into a tie with Bernhard Langer for the lead at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.
Then he felt the whipping wind — gusting to 30 mph at times — hitting him the face. Maybe he wasn't in such a bad spot after all.
"It was very, very tough to judge the wind out there," Allen said.
Sure enough, the 54-year-old was back on the 18th green celebrating about 45 minutes later.
Allen started the day two shots behind the leaders, but made five birdies on the front nine to vault into the lead and held on for his first victory of the season and fourth on the Champions Tour. He navigated the windy conditions brilliantly at Fallen Oak until the final five holes, where he had three bogeys.
He finished the day with a 5-under 67 and was 11 under for the tournament, but the missed putt on 18 had put a victory in jeopardy.
"That was a very, very empty feeling," Allen said. "A terrible feeling."
Turns out he had already done enough to win.
SAUCIER, Miss. — Corey Pavin birdied the first six holes in a blistering start Saturday in the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.
The rest of his day wasn't as impressive, but the 53-year-old Pavin still walked off the 18th green with a smile on his face. He wasn't about to complain about the 5-under 67 that put him in contention for his first Champions Tour victory of the season.
Instead, he focused on the six straight birdies as a good omen for the final round. Pavin has only made six straight birdies in a tournament one other time — at the PGA Tour's 2006 U.S. Bank Championship — and he finished that weekend with a victory.
"It's fun to do," Pavin said. "That's my longest string of birdies in a tournament ever. I got a little frisky on seven, trying to break my own record and I three-putted. But still, it was a good day and obviously a great start."
Pavin joined Bernhard Langer, Roger Chapman and Joe Daley atop the second-round leaderboard. All four took advantage of Fallen Oak's soft greens and ideal windless conditions to join a crowded leaderboard that features 14 players within three ...
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — David Frost won the Toshiba Classic on Sunday, shooting a 65 to defeat Fred Couples by five strokes and tie the tournament record of 19-under 194 set by Jay Haas in 2007.
Frost joined 2011 winner Nick Price as the only golfers to lead wire to wire in the event's 19 years. It was his fourth career Champions Tour victory and first since last year's AT&T Championship in San Antonio.
"I felt as good as I did the first two days," Frost said. "I really enjoyed the tussle with Freddy (Couples) out there."
In four events this season, Frost hasn't finished out of the top 10, posting ties for ninth, fifth and losing in a playoff to John Cook in Hawaii in the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship.
"I've been playing really, really consistently and haven't had any of those ups and downs," Frost said. "I know they will come, but right now I am playing well."
Couples, the 2010 champion, began the day a stroke behind Frost and tied him with a birdie on the first hole. That was the last time Frost would relinquish the lead. He birdied the second ...
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — David Frost maintained a one-stroke lead over Fred Couples in the Champions Tour's Toshiba Classic, eagling the final hole Saturday for a 5-under 66.
After opening with a 63, Frost had a 13-under 129 total. The South African made an 18-foot putt for the eagle on the par-5 18th, while Couples two-putted from 35 feet for birdie and a 66 of his own.
"It was a day where Freddy and I battled it out," Frost said. "We were on top of the leaderboard all day and he made a nice birdie on 10 and I followed it with one and we did the same thing on 13. I think we played steady golf."
Jim Gallagher Jr. was third at 8 under after a 68, and Scott Hoch (64), Jay Haas (66), Bob Tway (67) and D.A. Weibring (68) were another stroke back at Newport Beach Country Club. Hoch is making his second start after returning from left hand and wrist injuries.
"You never know, someone could go out and shoot 63 early in the day that can always happen," Frost said. "I just will have to play my normal game and 68 will be a ...
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — David Frost broke par for eighth time in 10 Champions Tour rounds this year, shooting an 8-under 63 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Fred Couples after the first round of the Toshiba Classic.
"I've been working on my game and I've worked with a guy in Germany since 2007," Frost said. "I've really enjoyed the biomechanical part of the golf game. It's given me a lot more flow to the game."
The South African had eight birdies in his bogey-free round, four on the first five holes on the back nine and another on the par-5 closing hole. Three of his approach shots stopped within a foot of the hole for tap-in birdies.
"I feel a lot more relaxed," Frost said. "I don't feel too much pressure in my game, and it allows me a lot more freedom. And so what if I hit one or two bad shots. I feel that things are quite in place and until things really go wrong, then I'll start worrying."
Frost has three victories on the 50-and-over tour. In three events this year, he has finished no worse than a tie ...
NAPLES, Fla. — Bernhard Langer's second ACE Group Classic title in three years involved a little more drama then he would have preferred.
The German two-putted for par from 50 feet on the 18th to finish at 12-under 204, surviving three bogeys and a double bogey to finish one stroke ahead of Jay Don Blake at TwinEagles' Talon Course.
The winner in 2011 and the runner-up last year, Langer earned his 17th victory on the tour. It's the seventh year the 55-year-old has won at least one tournament on the tour.
"I'm certainly relieved now, having won," Langer said. "It was definitely a grind. I was hoping to come down to the last hole with, whatever, a three-shot lead or something, make it easy."
Blake's 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th looked like it had a chance until the last few feet, when it turned and grazed the edge of the cup.
"I actually thought I had made it, gave it a good effort, but just wasn't good enough," said Blake, who was playing ahead of Langer in the next-to-last group.
Tom Pernice Jr. tied for third with John Cook, who birdied Nos. 16 and 18 ...
The way Mike Hulbert sees it, thank goodness for Davis Love III’s advice and caffeine.
Hulbert, a three-time PGA Tour winner and twice an assistant U.S. Ryder Cup captain, got into last week’s Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Fla., on a sponsor exemption. As it turned out, that was the easy part. Getting to the tournament, though, was something of a trains-planes-automobiles adventure.
Hulbert played in the three-day Pebble Beach Pro-Am Invitational the previous weekend, then took a Sunday night redeye flight back to his hometown of Orlando. He arrived at 5:30 a.m. Monday. Problem was, he had committed to an Allianz Pro-Am with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start that day.
So it was time to get busy. Hulbert went home for about an hour, repacked, took his 15-year-old son to school, loaded up his SUV and then sped south down Florida's Turnpike starting at 8 a.m. He made the trip in a quick 2 hours, 20 minutes, in time even to visit the equipment trailer to get his set tweaked.
“If you're not going between 80 and 85 mph (on the turnpike), you’re getting blown off the road ...
BOCA RATON, Fla. — Rocco Mediate birdied the 18th hole and finished with a 1-under par 71 to win the Allianz Championship on Sunday.
He finished the tournament at 17-under 199 and became the 16th player to have a winning debut on the Champions Tour.
Mediate's 4-foot birdie putt came after Tom Pernice Jr. missed a 5-footer at No. 18 that could have forced a playoff.
Mediate started the day with a three-shot lead, lost it by the 14th hole, but regained it when Pernice bogeyed the par-4 17th from a greenside bunker. Mediate protected that lead with a birdie on the par-5 closing hole.
Pernice, who had a final-round 70, finished tied with Bernhard Langer (68) for second place. It was Langer's fourth top-three finish in this event in the past five years. Langer won here in 2010.
Mediate won six PGA Tour titles and also lost a memorable playoff to Tiger Woods in the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. Mediate shot a course-record 61 in the second round on Saturday.
Mark O'Meara (69) and defending champion Corey Pavin (69) were both six shots off the lead.
BOCA RATON, Fla. — Rocco Mediate shot an 11-under 61 on Saturday, setting a course record and building a three-shot lead over Tom Pernice Jr. heading into the final round of the Allianz Championship.
Mediate is trying to become the 16th player to win his first start on the Champions Tour. He won six times on the PGA Tour and is probably best remembered for losing a playoff to Tiger Woods in the 2008 U.S. Open.
Mediate had five consecutive birdies on the front nine, highlighted by a drive to the green at the par-4 seventh hole. He added three more birdies after the turn and closed with a birdie at the 17th and a 10-foot eagle at the 18th.
It was the lowest round of Mediate’s career, one better than his 62 at Colonial in 2001, and it snapped the tournament record of 63 set by Craig Stadler in 2007. Mediate’s total of 128 through two rounds was three better than the 36-hole mark of 131 shared by Tim Simpson and Tommy Armour III.
“It has to be my best round I’ve played in a long time,” Mediate said. “Obviously, it was my lowest. I haven ...
Pernice, Langer share Allianz lead with 66BOCA RATON, Fla. — Bernhard Langer is a Hall of Famer who has won the Champions Tour money title four of the last five years. Tom Pernice Jr. is a career jour
BOCA RATON, Fla. — Bernhard Langer is a Hall of Famer who has won the Champions Tour money title four of the last five years. Tom Pernice Jr. is a career journeyman who at 53 tried to reach the PGA Tour through Q-School last year.
They have different pedigrees, but they ended in the same place Friday — tied for the first-round lead of the Allianz Championship at Broken Sound after six-under 66s.
Langer, who holed out a bunker shot to win here in a playoff in 2010, birdied three of the last four holes. Pernice was even through eight holes, but played the next six holes in 6 under, including an eagle at No. 5 when he holed a pitching wedge from 128 yards, to charge into contention.
Defending champion Corey Pavin, Roger Chapman, Fred Funk, Scott Simpson and two players making their Champions Tour debuts - Rocco Mediate and Bart Bryant - are a shot back after 67s.
Langer’s finish was more impressive because he was weakened by the flu.
“It’s no fun playing sick, but I played pretty strong coming home,” said Langer, who was hosting the field for dinner at his Boca Raton home Friday night. “I could ...
KAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii — David Frost shot a 65 Saturday to hold a two-stroke lead on John Cook after the second round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship.
Frost's bogey-free round left him at 14-under-par 130 at Hualalai Golf Club in the season opener of the Champions Tour.
With winds gusting to 28 mph, scores were higher in the second round, but it barely bothered the 53-year-old South African. Despite having his first-round lead cut in half, he remained in front with five birdies on the back nine, where he needed just 12 putts.
Cook, the 2011 Mitsubishi winner, holed out for eagle from 114 yards on No. 18 to finish at 6-under 66.
"We all have to pay attention," said Cook, who won each of his first five years on this tour before being shut out in 2012. "It's early in the year. It's not like it used to be where you kind of played your way in the first couple weeks.
"You better come here with your game intact if you want to have a chance because everybody else is. These scores, for the first week of the year on a tough day like this . those are pretty ...
2013 Champions Tour schedule
• Jan. 18-20: Mitsubishi Electric Championship, Ka’upulehu-Kona, Hawaii
• Feb. 8-10: Allianz Championship, Boca Raton, Fla.
• Feb. 15-17: ACE Group Classic, Naples, Fla.
• March 15-17: Toshiba Classic, Newport Beach, Calif.
• March 22-24: Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, Biloxi, Miss.
• April 19-21: Greater Gwinnett Championship, Duluth, Ga.
• April 26-28: Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf, Savannah, Ga.
• May 3-5: Insperity Championship, The Woodlands, Texas
• May 23-26: Senior PGA Championship, St. Louis
• May 31-June 2: Principal Charity Classic, West Des Moines, Iowa
• June 6-9: Regions Tradition, Shoal Creek, Ala.
• June 21-23: Encompass Championship, Glenview, Ill.
• June 27-30: Senior Players Championship, Pittsburgh
• July 11-14: U.S. Senior Open, Omaha, Neb.
• July 25-28: Senior Open Championship, Southport, England
• Aug. 2-4: 3M Championship, Blaine, Minn.
• Aug. 16-18: Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, Endicott, N.Y.
• Aug. 22-23: Boeing Classic, Snoquaimie, Wash.
• Aug. 30-Sept. 1: Calgary Golf Classic, Calgary, Alberta
• Sept. 6-8: Montreal Championship, Sainte-Julie, Quebec
• Sept. 20-22: Pacific Links Hawaii Championship, Kapolei, Hawaii
• Sept. 27-29: Nature Valley First Tee Open, Monterey Peninsula, Calif.
• Oct. 11-13: SAS Championship, Cary, N.C.
• Oct. 18-20: Greater Hickory Classic, Conover, N.C.
• Oct. 25-27: AT&T Championship, San Antonio
• Oct. 31-Nov. 3: Charles Schwab Cup Championship, San ...
Champions Tour player Russ Cochran, 54, will play in the first full-field event of the PGA Tour season after Monday qualifying for the Sony Open in Hawaii. Danny Lee, Steven Alker and Josh Persons also qualified.
Cochran, the 2011 Senior British Open champion, shot 67 Monday at Turtle Bay Resort's Palmer Course to earn his Sony Open spot. This will be Cochran's first PGA Tour start since he missed the cut at the 2009 Zurich Classic, which he also Monday qualified for.
Lee was the medalist in the qualifier with a 65. The 22-year-old lost his PGA Tour card after finishing 164th on the money list last year. He missed his card by a stroke at Q-School. He missed the cut at last year's Sony (72-71).
Alker, who shot 69 Monday, finished No. 102 on the Web.com Tour money list last year. Persons played three Web.com Tour events last year, finishing in the top 15 in two of them.
Persons shot 70 Monday, then beat Stephen Hale, Steven Lecuyer and Tim Wilkinson in a playoff for the final spot.
UCLA's Lorens Chan and PGA Tour winners Billy Mayfair and Tom Pernice were among those ...
The Champions Tour has announced its 2013 competition schedule. The season will feature 26 official events, including three new tournaments in Atlanta, Chicago and Calgary. The 2013 season will mark the first time since 2009 that at least 26 official tournaments appear on the schedule.
All official events will be televised nationally in the United States, with most receiving complete coverage on Golf Channel.
Jan. 14-20: Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, Hualalai Golf Course, Ka’upulehu-Kona, Hawaii
Feb. 4-10: Allianz Championship, The Old Course at Broken Sound Club, Boca Raton, Fla.
Feb 11-17: ACE Group Classic, The TwinEagles Club (Talon Course), Naples, Fla.
March 11-17: Toshiba Classic, Newport Beach Country Club, Newport Beach, Calif.
March 18-24: Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, Fallen Oak, Biloxi, Miss.
April 15-21: Greater Gwinnett Championship, TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Ga.
April 22-28: Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf, Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, Savannah, Ga.
April 29-May 5: Insperity Championship, The Woodlands Country Club (Tournament Course), The Woodlands, Texas
May 20-26: Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis, Mo.
May 27-June 2: Principal Charity Classic, Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa
June 3-9: Regions Tradition, Shoal Creek, Birmingham, Ala.
June 17-23: Encompass Championship ...
ORLANDO, Fla. – Davis Love III said he wasn’t nervous about making the winning putt at 18. Why would he be?
After all, he let his son, Dru, go first, and he delivered in the clutch. The birdie putt secured a one-shot victory and a two-day, best-ball total of 23-under 121 at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.
Team Love came to the final hole tied with clubhouse leaders Larry Nelson and his son, Josh, who were seeking a three-peat of sorts after a three-year tournament hiatus.
The nerves kicked in for Love III on his third shot to the par-5 finishing hole.
“I was nervous just trying to get us a putt that he could make,” he said.
Davis’ pitch checked 7 feet short of the hole. That’s when the discussion ensued. Davis and his brother/caddie, Mark, agreed it was left edge. Dru’s grandfather/caddie read it the opposite way.
“So I turned around and said I was hitting it a ball outside the right and stood up and started walking to it, and they all started laughing,” Dru recalled.
“(My dad) said, ‘Just give it a good roll and put it in there.’ I had been ...