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Allen downs Waldorf in Allianz playoff

  • The Sports Network
  • Published Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at 5:26 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.

Boca Raton, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Allen birdied the second playoff hole on Sunday to defeat Duffy Waldorf and win the Allianz Championship.

Allen, who fired a course-record 60 on Friday, closed with a 3-under 69 to end at 18-under-par 198. Waldorf carded a 5-under 67 in the final round to force the playoff.

The duo set the tournament scoring record with their total of 198 at The Old Course at Broken Sound Club. The old record of 199 was set in 2010 by Bernhard Langer and John Cook, then matched in 2013 by Rocco Mediate.

"It always feels great. Duffy has played great since he's been out here. Hey, you shoot 60 and you think you're going to win a bit easier," Allen joked in a televised interview. "It is great to fight it out and get this victory."

The pair went back to the 18th for the first extra hole. Allen drove well left and hit a remarkable second shot to about 30 feet. Waldorf was a few feet closer with his approach from the left rough.

Both players 2-putted for birdie and they returned to the 18th tee for the second playoff hole.

Allen blocked his tee shot into the right rough, while Waldorf found the short grass off the tee. Allen's second stopped not far from where he was in regulation.

Waldorf pulled his approach into a greenside bunker. He blasted out and left himself seven feet for birdie.

Allen again 2-putted for birdie. Waldorf's birdie try slid by the right edge and Allen was victorious.

"I felt like my irons have been good all week, the shot felt right. I felt like I had a good club, and right to left wind, and cut it just a bit and that's why it came up short," Waldorf explained in a TV interview about his approach on the second extra hole.

"I had a pretty easy bunker shot, but I just wasn't able to get it up and down. I played well all week, and I was happy to have a chance."

Chien Soon Lu closed with a 3-under 69 to take third place at minus-17. Tom Lehman, the 2011 winner, shot 68 on Sunday to grab fourth at 16-under 200.

Jay Haas (69) and Brad Bryant (68), the 2007 and 2008 runners up, shared fifth place at minus-15, while 2010 champ Langer (64) and last year's winner Mediate (66) tied for seventh at 14-under 202.

Allen birdied the second to push his lead over Dunlap and Lu to two. Waldorf, who was one group ahead of Allen, bogeyed the second, but got that back with a birdie on the fourth and was three back.

After three pars in a row, Allen birdied the sixth and seventh, but tripped to a bogey on the eighth. Waldorf was still three back as he birdied the seventh.

As Allen ran off five straight pars from the ninth, Waldorf moved within one as he birdied the 11th and 12th. Allen poured in a long birdie putt on the 14th to push his lead to two, but Waldorf birdied the 15th from just inside 20 feet to get back within one.

Allen's tee shot on the 16th bounced over the green and he chipped to seven feet. However, he missed the putt and dropped into a share of the lead.

Up ahead, Waldorf moved one ahead as he got up and down for birdie from over the 18th green. Allen knocked his second to about 25 feet on the 18th and he 2-putted for birdie to force the extra session.

NOTES: Allen earned $240,000 for his sixth Champions Tour title ... Allen became the first wire-to-wire winner in the eight-year history of this event ... The tour heads to Naples next week for the ACE Group Classic, where Langer won by one over Jay Don Blake last year.

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