by: COURTESY OF CHRIS CONDON/PGA TOUR - Jason Allred, from Ashland High, finishes in a tie for third in the Northern Trust Open.Bubba Watson's first victory since the 2012 Masters drew the headlines in the world of golf on Sunday.

But the best supporting golfer award — and most amazing performance honors — belong to Ashland's Jason Allred.

Allred, 33, stunned golf followers over the four days of the Northern Trust Open.

The 1996 Oregon high school champion came out of relative mothballs to tie for third in the $6.7 million event at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

He won $388,600 — more than he had made in his PGA Tour career.

Allred not only didn't fold under the pressure of the final round — playing in the final group with Watson and Brian Harman — but he also fired a steady, bogey-free 3-under-par 68, with a birdie on the 17th hole and a near-birdie on the 18th.

Allred, who was ranked No. 900 in the world going into the event, wound up at 12-under 272, three strokes behind Watson, who has known Allred for more than a decade. Dustin Johnston took second at minus-13.

"I don't think I'm a smart enough guy to put into words how much fun I had," Allred said "Riviera is such an amazing, special place. I praise God that, for whatever reason, despite me, my tendency to try so hard to do so well, I was just able to really enjoy it, and I felt peaceful."

Allred said he never gave up on his dream of playing well on the tour.

"I still had a belief in me, but sometimes it feels like it's still a long way off," he said. "This is still pretty fresh but it means a ton. I guess it shows me that I can do it. It makes that dream a little more real, which is really special."

Watson said seeing Allred have success "was a big thrill. I know the struggles, I was on the mini tours and the tour for three years. This paycheck is going to be pretty good for him."

Watson and Allred play practice rounds occasionally in Scottsdale, Ariz., where both golfers live.

"It was an honor to play with him and watch him do that," Watson said after Sunday's round. "I was cheering him on. I was probably his biggest fan. I want to see a friend like that do well."

The Riviera crowds responded to Allred's efforts throughout the weekend, dousing him with applause as he made his way around the famed course.

Allred's totally unexpected run began on Monday, when he shot 66 and earned a spot in the tourney in a qualifying round at the Eisenhower Course at Industry Hill, Calif.

His opening 73 was not much to speak of, and he had to complete his first round Friday morning because of darkness late Thursday.

He teed off on round two 15 minutes after finishing round one — and shot his way into contention with a 7-under-par 64 that had golf writers scurrying through their historical notes.

Allred, a 2002 graduate of Pepperdine University who will turn 34 on April 6, stayed in the mix on Saturday with a 67 that left him three shots behind 54-hole leader William McGirt.

The L.A. tournament was the first time Allred had played in a PGA Tour event since the 2010 U.S. Open. He played fairly regularly on the tour in 2005 and 2008, never finishing higher than a tie for 14th in 39 career PGA Tour stars. He was 205th on the money list in 2005 and 221st in 2008.

In recent years, the 6-2, 175-pound Allred had toiled here and there on the circuit. He earned $37,096 on the second-tier U.S. tour last year, with one top-10 showing.

Sunday's finish earned Allred a spot in The Honda Classic, Feb. 27-March 2 at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

But Allred hasn't decided whether to play, because he and his wife, Kimberley, are expecting their third child in about a week and a half.

As he joked after the finish at Riviera, at least he now has enough money to buy diapers.

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