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Michael Allen

  • Birthplace: San Mateo, CA
  • Residence: Scottsdale, AZ; plays out of Mesa CC
  • Birth Date: January 31, 1959
  • height: 6-0
  • Turned Pro: 1984

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Champions Tour Victories

(1) 2009,Senior PGA Championship.

International Victories

(1): 1989 Bell's Scottish Open [Eur.].

2009 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$434,516 (137)

2009 Champions Tour Best Finishes

1-- Senior PGA Championship.

PGA TOUR Best Round

65 at Round 2, Travelers Championship. 65 at Round 3, AT&T National.

PGA TOUR Highlights

Fired a final-round, 3-under 67 that carried him to a two-shot victory over Larry Mize in the 70th Senior PGA Championship at Canterbury Golf Club. Started the final round with a one-shot lead and ended it there even though at one point he trailed Mize by two shots. But he birdied the final hole for the two-stroke margin. Became the 14th player to win his Champions Tour debut as well as the 23rd player to win the Senior PGA Championship on his first attempt. The latter has happened three of the last five years (Mike Reid in 2005 and Denis Watson in 2007). He also joined Arnold Palmer as the only player to win the Senior PGA in their Champions Tour debut.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

2-- Chrysler Classic of Greensboro, Turning Stone Resort Championship.

2008 Season Highlights

Made a late surge to keep his TOUR card, finishing No. 106 on the money list, thanks to two top-10 finishes in his last four starts of the season. Recorded a career-high 18 made cuts in 28 starts...Closed with a 6-under-par 64 in June at the Travelers Championship to claim a T6, his best finish since a second at the 2007 Turning Stone Resort Championship, which earned him exempt status for the 2008 season...A 9-under 63 left him just one shot off the opening-round lead at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Entered the final round just one shot behind eventual winner Marc Turnesa, finishing a season-best T3...Entered the final week of the season ranked No. 123 in earnings, but posted a final-round 67 for a solo-ninth-place finish at the Children's Miracle Network Classic, propelling him to No. 106 on the final money list...Turns 50 in early 2009.

Career Highlights

2007: Surpassed the $1-million mark in earnings for the first time in his career, keyed by a runner-up finish at the inaugural Turning Stone Resort Championship. Finish secured his card for the 2008 season after he had already paid to enter the 2007 PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament...Finished second at the Turning Stone Resort Championship, two strokes behind winner Steve Flesch. Finish tied his career best (2004 Chrysler Classic of Greensboro) and moved him from 154th to 89th on the money list, securing his card for 2008...Held the first-round lead at the inaugural Fry's Electronics Open with a 63 before finishing T55. 2006: In 13th trip to the Qualifying Tournament finals, earned 2007 card for a record ninth time. Finished 153rd on money list with three top-25s in 25 starts. 2005: After finishing 130th on the money list, earned higher status for 2006 via the Qualifying Tournament with a T7 finish. Made cut in half of his 30 starts during the year, while posting two top-10s (a T10 at the MCI Heritage and a T6 at the B.C. Open). 2004: Finished in the top 125 on the money list for just the second time in his career and first since finishing 73rd in 1993. His $882,872 were more than he had earned in his first 187 events on TOUR ($740,360)...First top-10 of the season was T9 at the Reno-Tahoe Open. Last time he finished in the top-10 on TOUR was at the 1995 Quad Cities Open, where he finished T5...Posted a hole-in-one on the 193-yard par-3 fourth hole with a 6-iron in the third round at the FedEx St. Jude Classic...Posted career-best finish with a solo second at the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro. Birdie putt on 72nd hole put him in solo second, worth $92,000 and payday of $496,800 jumped position on money list from No. 153 to No. 84. 2003: Successfully qualified at Qualifying Tournament for the seventh time in his career (1989-92, 1994, 2001, 2003) with a third-place finish. Marked the 11th time he had been to Q-School finals...Played primarily on the Nationwide Tour, where he was also a member from 1997-2001, with two top-10s in 24 events. Finished T2 at the Monterey Peninsula Classic. 1998: Using a long putter, earned his first career Nationwide Tour victory at the Greater Austin Open, shooting a final-round 76 as winds in excess of 40 mph dropped the wind chill into the low 20s. His 4-over-par 76 was the highest finish by a winner on the Nationwide Tour that season. 1995: Posted third career TOUR top-10 with a T5 at the weather-shortened Quad Cities Open. 1993: Then-career-best PGA TOUR finishes came back-to-back in his first two events of the season, a T3 in Northern Telecom and Phoenix Opens. 1992: Made his TOUR card for fourth straight season via Q-School finals. 1989: Won Bell's Scottish Open on European Tour. Fired a 9-under-par 63 in the final round to defeat Ian Woosnam and Jose Maria Olazabal by two strokes at Gleneagles. Had only 22 putts during the final round, which saw him hole two chips and a bunker shot en route to a 30 on the back nine. Later in the year, finished second in the Scandinavian Open. Finished 15th on European Tour Order of Merit.

Personal

Was planning to be a stockbroker before turning to golf as a profession...Won the 2003 Southern Arizona Open with daughter Christy caddying.

Other Information

2006: In 13th trip to PGA TOUR Qualifying School finals in 2006, earned 2007 card for a record ninth time. Finished 153rd on 2006 money list with three top-25s in 25 starts. After finishing 130th on the 2005 PGA TOUR money list, earned higher status for 2006 via the Qualifying Tournament with a T7 finish. Made cut in half of his 30 starts in 2005, while posting two top-10s, a T10 at the MCI Heritage and a T6 at the B.C. Open. In 2004, finished in the top 125 on the money list for just the second time in his career and first since finishing 73rd in 1993. His $882,872 earnings were more than he had earned in his first 187 events on TOUR ($740,360). Posted career-best finish with a solo second at the 2004 Chrysler Classic of Greensboro. Birdie putt on 72nd hole put him in solo second, worth $92,000, and payday of $496,800 jumped position on money list from No. 153 to No. 84. Successfully qualified at 2003 PGA TOUR National Qualifying Tournament with a third-place finish. Played primarily on the Nationwide Tour in 2003, with two top-10s in 24 events, including a T2 at the Monterey Peninsula Classic. Using a long putter, earned his first career Nationwide Tour victory at the 1998 Greater Austin Open, shooting a final-round 76 as winds in excess of 40 mph dropped the wind chill into the low 20s. His 4-over-par 76 was the highest finish by a winner on the Nationwide Tour in 1998. Posted top-10s back to back in his first two events of the 1993 season, a T3 in Northern Telecom and Phoenix Opens. Won 1989 Bell's Scottish Open on European Tour. Fired a 9-under-par 63 in the final round to defeat Ian Woosnam and Jose Maria Olazabal by two strokes at Gleneagles. Had only 22 putts during the final round, which saw him hole two chips and a bunker shot en route to a 30 on the back nine. Later in the year, finished second in the Scandinavian Open. Finished 15th on 1989 European Tour Order of Merit. Was planning to be a stockbroker before turning to golf as a profession.

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