SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Michael Allen made a 30-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th hole Friday to take a two-stroke lead over playing partner Bernhard Langer in the Champions Tour's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
Warned for slow play around the turn, Allen finished with a 6-under 64 for an 11-under 129 total on Desert Mountain's Cochise Course. The 56-year-old Scottsdale resident played the final six holes in 5 under with the eagle and three birdies.
Langer was second after a 68, leaving the 58-year-old German star in position to win the season points title and a $1 million annuity.
Langer began the week third in the Charles Schwab Cup points race, 66 behind Colin Montgomerie and 27 behind Jeff Maggert. With players receiving a point for every $500 earned in the $2.5 million tournament, Langer was $33,000 behind Montgomerie and $13,500 behind Maggert. Montgomerie had a 68 and was tied for 18th in the 30-man field at 2 under. Maggert was tied for 22nd at 1 under after a 67.