Allen grabs lead

in Champions event

Michael Allen shot a 4-under 67 on Saturday to take a 5-stroke lead after the second round of the Champions Tour's Encompass Insurance Pro-Am in Lutz, Fla..

Allen played the front nine in even par, then birdied the par-3 11th and made a 40-foot eagle putt on the par-5 12th. He finished with a birdie on the par-4 18th to reach 9 under at TPC Tampa Bay. Allen won the 2009 Senior PGA Championship for his lone victory on the 50-and-over tour.

Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, Corey Pavin and Olin Browne were tied for second. Langer and Pavin shot 71, Lyle had a 69, and Brown a 66.

First-round leader Bruce Fleisher struggled, shooting a 78 to finish at 1 over. Fleisher, 63, shot a 65 in the first round Friday.

Tom Watson dropped out because of an injured right hand. He shot a 77 on Friday. Watson has had an issue with the arm recently, which he said earlier has translated into a weak hand.

Andy Bean and Wayne Levi also withdrew Saturday because of back injuries. Nick Price (elbow) and Tommy Armour III (shoulder) both departed Friday.

After Pavin got to 7 under with a birdie at 14, he bogeyed the next three holes.

Fleisher had bogeys on Nos. 1 and 3, and a triple bogey on the par-4 fourth hole after hitting two balls into the water. He played even par on the back nine.

Chien Soon Lu, one shot off the lead entering Saturday, dropped to 3 over after a 79.

Kenny Perry, coming back from a viral infection, had eight birdies en route to a 67. He was 6 under before double bogeys at 15 and 18 left him at 3 under.

Oosthuizen leads • A thunderstorm suspended play at the Malaysian Open for the second straight day, with Louis Oosthuizen holding a one-shot lead halfway through his third round. The Masters runner-up birdied the 10th hole to go 13 under at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club before play was stopped.

Stephen Gallacher was a shot behind after completing 11 holes, while Pablo Larrazabal was the clubhouse leader at 7-under 209 after shooting a 67.

Most of the top 30 players were still on the course when play was halted.

Associated Press