2014 AT&T Championship (the 25th of 26 Charles Schwab Cup events on the 2014 Champions Tour), San Antonio, Texas, October 24-26, 2014, TPC San Antonio (AT&T Canyons), Par/Yards: 36-36–72/6,923 - Final-Round Notes
Weather: Sunny with highs in the upper-80s and light winds from the SW at 5-10 mph.
1. Michael Allen 201/-15 (pictured by Getty Images)
2. Marco Dawson 203/-13
3. Woody Austin 204/-12
T4. Scott Hoch 205/-11
T4. Tom Pernice, Jr. 205/-11
Trailing Marco Dawson by three strokes with four holes to play, Michael Allen birdied three of his last four holes to overtake a faltering Dawson down the stretch for his second victory of the 2014 season. Allen caught Dawson with a two-stroke swing at the 16th hole. Allen holed a 30-foot birdie putt and then moments later, Dawson three-putted for bogey. Allen’s birdie on the final hole was the clincher when he holed a five-footer to move one stroke in front. Dawson, needing a birdie to tie, hit his approach shot at No. 18 in the back fringe but he stubbed his chip shot for a tying birdie leading to a closing bogey. The top-30 money-winners on the season earned spots in the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Scottsdale, Ariz. next week.
With His Victory Today! — Michael Allen
Allen wins his second title in 2014, claiming both the first full-field event (Allianz Championship) and last full-field event (AT&T Championship) of this Champions Tour season.
Allen joins Bernhard Langer (5), Colin Montgomerie (2), Kenny Perry (2), Fred Couples (2), Kirk Triplett (2) as the sixth multiple winner.
Allen won his seventh career title on the Champions Tour today and he now has won multiple titles in three consecutive seasons.
Allen wins the AT&T Championship in his fourth appearance in the event. His previous-best finish was T6 in 2011.
Allen earns 293 Charles Schwab Cup points and moves into eighth place in the season-long race with 1,068 points.
Allen also collects a check for $292,500 and increases his 2014 earnings total to $1,342,098 (sixth).
Allen’s statistical breakdown:
Category Figures/Percentage Rank
Driving Accuracy 34/42 (81.0%) T16
Driving Distance 272.0 T36
Greens In Regulation 44/54 (81.5%) 1st
Putts Per Round 28.0 T19
Earlier this year, Allen won the Allianz Championship, defeating Duffy Waldorf in a playoff after shooting 60 on the Old Course at Broken Sound in the opening round.
Allen came from three strokes back to win the AT&T Championship this year, the biggest come-from-behind win on the Champions Tour since Wes Short, Jr. came from three strokes back to win the Quebec Championship last month. It also was the first time since the Quebec Championship that the winner did not come from the final grouping.
Allen birdied the 54th hole today to win, meaning four of the last eight Champions Tour events have been won with birdie or eagle on the last hole.
Marco Dawson didn’t win today but his runner-up finish to Michael Allen was his best on the Champions Tour thus far. Dawson increased his 2014 earnings to $891,314 (15th). He started the 2014 season as a non-exempt player, but open qualified five times during the first half of the year and eventually played his way into the top 30. Dawson’s previous-best finish on the Champions Tour this year was T3 at the 3M Championship.
Jay Haas’ T6 today included a final-round 70 which extended his streak of par/better rounds to 36 in a row, just one round shy of Loren Roberts’ all-time record of 37 straight (2006/2007). For Haas, the 2005 AT&T Championship winner, today’s performance was his seventh top-10 effort in 10 appearances in this event. It was also Haas’ 16th top-10 finish of the 2014 campaign, the most he’s had since registering a career-best 18 top-10s during the 2007 season.
Bernhard Langer also was T6 today and today’s performance, coupled with Colin Montgomerie finishing outside the top 10 this week (T47), allowed Langer to earn the necessary 74 Charles Schwab Cup points to clinch the award for the second time in his career (2010). Langer came into this week needing to be 833 points ahead of Montgomerie after this week to clinch the Charles Schwab Cup. His 74 points today gave him an 845-point cushion over Montgomerie with one event remaining. Langer becomes the second player since Hale Irwin in 2002 to clinch the Schwab Cup before the season-ending event, the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. He earns a $1 million annuity.
Woody Austin’s solo third-place finish today gives him five top-five finishes in seven starts on the Champions Tour. Austin was T2 at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open and T3 in his debut on the Champions Tour in mid-July at the U.S. Senior Open Championship.
Rocco Mediate birdied five of his last six holes to post a 66, the low Sunday score, but he eventually fell short in his quest to earn a spot in next week’s Charles Schwab Cup Championship, finishing 31st on the final money list. After Mediate posted his stellar Sunday round, Esteban Toledo found himself on the outside looking in, but Toledo rallied down the stretch, making birdie on his last three holes to vault back into the top 30. Toledo’s final-round 68 bumped Mark Calcavecchia, who came in this week on the bubble at No. 30.
For the first time since the 2008 season, a player made over $600,000 and didn’t qualify for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship. That year, Joe Ozaki finished 31st with $609,363. Last year, Steve Elkington was the last player into the Charles Schwab Cup Championship with $501,332.
John Cook remains the all-time leading money-winner in AT&T Championship history. He increased his tournament money total to $855,095. Jay Haas is second with $726,885.
Weather conditions were favorable all week and it showed in the field scoring average at the TPC San Antonio’s AT&T Canyons Course this week. Here’s a comparison with last year:
Year Round 1/Sub-Par Rds. Round 2/Sub-Par Rds Round 3/Sub-Par Rds
2014 71.556/43 71.111/35 72.185/38
2013 72.321/35 71.420/44 70.790/50
Source: PGA TOUR