In the middle of all the Phil Mickelson hype and the talk about grooves, it went largely unnoticed that Michael Allen shot 65 in the final round at Torrey Pines, the low score of the day. It was the first time he's ever shot his age.
Just kidding. It only seems like Allen has been around that long. Actually, he shot the 65 on his 51st birthday. So yes, he's getting older, and he's getting better. Ed Zieralski pointed out in the San Diego Union-Tribune that Allen tied for fifth with 21-year-old Rickie Fowler, who was 14 months old when Allen first played at Torrey Pines in the 1990 Shearson Lehman Brothers Open. Now that's a good stat. More from Zieralski on Allen:
"I was just trying to go out today and have fun on my birthday,” said Allen, who won the Senior PGA Championship last year after getting in on a sponsor’s exemption. “I thought maybe I had a little bit extra today.”One of his playing partners yesterday was former San Diego State star Scott Piercy, who finished 7-under par. “The old guy can play,” Piercy yelled to interviewers as he walked by the area where Allen was talking to media.
Allen went from toting a curiosity item on his golf bag, which
features rotating advertisements on a video screen, to being a walking
advertisement for Life After 50. Last week he finished third in the
Champions Tour Mitsubishi Electric Championship. Allen plans to play at least 20 tournaments on the PGA Tour
this year and seven or so on the Champions Tour.
“For me, I’m still desperate,” Allen said. “I’m still trying to make
a living. I still have two kids who have to go through college. I love
playing out here. I’m not like a lot of those guys who have had great
careers leading up to it. I still want to win out here… To be honest, today, I just wanted to beat this golf course for once. It owed me a few.”