CONOVER, N.C. --
"I got off to a good start this year, but the rest of the year has been up and down," Allen said after beating
Allen won his second Champions Tour title of the year and fifth overall, birdieing the first extra hole.
Allen closed with a 5-under 65, also birdieing the par-5 18th in regulation to match Browne at 13-under 197. Browne shot a 64, charging to the lead with seven birdies over a nine-hole stretch.
"I got off to a little bit of a slow start," Browne said. "But I had that great run, and gave myself a chance. One more putt here or there, and I would have had no worries."
In the playoff, Allen put his second shot within 10 feet, and Browne hooked his second shot badly into the rough off the green. Allen's eagle putt just lipped out, and he tapped in for birdie. Browne missed a 40-foot putt for birdie and settled for par.
Allen, playing in the lead group with Langer and Brad Bryant, said he didn't know Browne had taken the lead until the final three or four holes. He wound up birdieing two of the final three holes in regulation to make up a two-shot deficit and force the playoff.
"All of a sudden, here comes Olin," Allen said. "I thought I was going to be battling with Bernhard ... but it wasn't until I got to 16 or 17 that I knew he was leading. So I had to be more aggressive on my putts."
Allen earned $240,000.