FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 3/24/2013
Michael Allen Wins 2013 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic
Annual Tournament at MGM Resorts' Fallen Oak is Fourth Champions Tour Win for California native
BILOXI, Miss. –Michael Allen closed the 2013 MGRC with a final-round 5-under-par 67 to finish one stroke better than Bernhard Langer to win.
One year after having his bid for victory stifled here when Fred Couples birdied the 54th hole, Michael Allen made sure he didn’t suffer the same fate this year. Leading by one heading to No. 18, Allen missed a four-foot putt for par to drop back into a tie for the lead with Langer, who was two holes behind. Moments after Allen’s miss, Langer bogeyed No. 16 after seeing his second shot plug in the bunker, giving the advantage back to Allen. Langer was unable to recover from the one error, giving Allen his fourth Champions Tour title, including three wins in the last 12 months.
With his victory, Michael Allen has now won four Champions Tour titles, including three in the last calendar year. This was his 63rd start on the Champions Tour. He earned 240 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race and moved into sixth place in the standings with 284 points. He also earned $240,000 and is now sixth on the current money list with $325,733.
Despite finishing second to Michael Allen, Bernhard Langer moved back into first place in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race with 658 points. David Frost is now second with 619 points and Rocco Mediate is third with 461 points.
With his T6 finish, David Frost has now posted eight consecutive top-10 finishes dating back to last year. During this stretch he has won twice and earned $1,008,000, an average of $126,000 per start.
Gene Sauers enjoyed his best finish on the Champions Tour when he claimed a T3 on Sunday. His previous best was a T8 at last year’s Pacific Links Hawai’I Championship. It was also his best showing since he won the 2002 Air Canada Championship.
Defending champion Fred Couples finished T12 after a closing-round 2-over 74.
Rocco Mediate closed with a 5-under-par 67 and finished T6. It was his fourth top-10 finish in as many starts since he joined the Champions Tour in February.
Thousands of spectators attended the PGA TOUR Champions Tour event at MGM Resort International’s Fallen Oak. More than 800 volunteers contributed time and resources to make the annual tournament a success and showcase the Mississippi Gulf Coast to 81 Champions Tour professionals including five World Golf Hall of Famers, six Masters Champions and eighteen major championship winners.
About the Champions Tour
Collectively, the Champions Tour has the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game with many of its 30 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame competing regularly in its events and numerous other major championship winners among its members. The Champions Tour is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. Points earned in 26 official Charles Schwab Cup events in 2013 will determine the Charles Schwab Cup champion, the season-long competition designed to recognize the Champions Tour’s leading player. The Champions Tour's primary purpose is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, protect the integrity of the game and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. In 2012, tournaments on all five Tours (PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamerica, PGA TOUR Canada) generated more than $122 million for local charitable organizations, bringing the TOUR’s all-time total of charitable contributions to more than $1.8 billion. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Mike Stevens is President of the Champions Tour. The PGA TOUR’s website is pgatour.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Follow the Champions Tour at Facebook.com/Champions Tour and on Twitter @ChampionsTour.
About Fallen Oak
The Tom Fazio-designed Fallen Oak joins the heralded Shadow Creek as the only golf courses built by MGM Resorts International for their guests. Located 15 minutes outside of Biloxi at the edge of the DeSoto National Forest, Fallen Oak has earned more than 20 national honors for a masterful design that epitomizes strategy from tee to green from all five of its tees as it encompasses the area’s natural terrain and beauty. Since 2010, the 7,487-yard course that features elevation changes rare for a Gulf Coast design has played host to the Champions Tour’s Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. In that short time, Fallen Oak has received numerous compliments from many of the game’s legends for its beauty, design and the quiet elegance found in many of the world’s great golf courses. For more information on Fallen Oak, please visit www.fallenoak.com.
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