Michael Allen birdied three of his last four holes to claim a two-stroke victory over Marco Dawson in the AT&T Championship on the AT&T Canyons Course at TPC San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas.
Bernhard Langer of Germany, who won six times this season on the Champions Tour, tied for sixth to clinch the Charles Schwab Cup Championship a week ahead of the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
Allen, from San Mateo and the University of Nevada Reno, closed with a bogey-free 6-under-par 66 and came from three strokes behind down the stretch to win for the seventh time in his career on the senior circuit and the second this season.
“It’s great to win for the first time since early this year, because it seems like a long time,” said Allen, who earned his first victory since switching back to a conventional putter recently after going with the long wand for several years.
“I made some big putts with the short putter; it held up all week. I’m pretty good with the short putter most of the time, but sometimes I get a little nervous on big putts, and that’s why I went to the long putter.”
Dawson, who had a three-stroke lead before making two bogeys on the last three holes to open the door for Allen, closed with a 71, and Woody Austin finished three shots back in third, also with a 71.
Tom Pernice Jr. of UCLA shot 67 and tied for fourth with Scott Hoch, who had a 70.
Langer closed with a 69 to tie for sixth with Jay Haas, who had a 71.