Allred's Cinderella story not yet over at Riviera

Sat Feb 15, 2014 8:50pm EST
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) - Whatever happens in Sunday's final round of the Northern Trust Open, American Jason Allred will be able to celebrate a fairytale week of the unexpected at Riviera Country Club.

A graduate of the nearby Pepperdine University, Allred is playing his first PGA Tour event since the 2010 U.S. Open, where he tied for 47th, after earning one of four spots in the Riviera field via Monday qualifying.

Allred had decided to try to qualify for this week because he and his wife are expecting their third child at the end of the month and so far, so good.

The 33-year-old has amazingly strung together scores of two-over-par 73, 64 and 67 to surge into a tie for fourth place at nine-under after 54 holes, just three strokes behind leader William McGirt.

"This is somewhat of a new situation for me but I sure am having fun," Allred told reporters after posting a nine-under total of 204 on Saturday. It feels so good to be out there and have a blast.

"I told my wife a couple weeks ago, if I can look back on the week and say I really enjoyed it and stayed present in the moment, whatever happens I'll be proud of myself for that.

"It's so special to be back in this Pepperdine area. Coach is one of my best friends in the world and he had a lot of the team out here today so just a really special treat to be here."

Allred, who worked as a whitewater rafting guide after college, was a member of the PGA Tour in 2005 and 2008 but has otherwise played most of his professional golf on the satellite circuits.   Continued...

February 15, 2014; Pacific Palisades, CA, USA; Jason Allred hits from the ninth hole tee during the third round of the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports - RTX18WN4