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Allen Doyle

  • Birthplace: Woonsocket, RI
  • Residence: La Grange, GA
  • Birth Date: July 26, 1948
  • height: 6-3
  • Turned Pro: 1995

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Champions Tour Victories

(11) 1999,ACE Group Classic, PGA Seniors' Championship, Cadillac NFL Golf Classic, TD Waterhouse Championship. 2000,Toshiba Senior Classic. 2001,Ford Senior Players Championship, State Farm Senior Classic. 2003,FleetBoston Classic. 2004,Bayer Advantage Celebrity Pro-Am. 2005,U.S. Senior Open Championship. 2006,U.S. Senior Open Championship.

International Victories

(2): 1999 Senior Slam. 2001 Senior Slam.

Other Victories

(19): 1978 Georgia State Amateur. 1979 Georgia State Amateur. 1982 Georgia State Mid-Amateur Championship, Georgia State Four-Ball Tournament. 1986 Georgia State Four-Ball Tournament. 1987 Georgia State Amateur, Georgia State Mid-Amateur Championship, Georgia State Four-Ball Tournament. 1988 Georgia State Amateur, Georgia State Mid-Amateur Championship, Georgia State Four-Ball Tournament. 1989 Georgia State Four-Ball Tournament. 1990 Georgia State Mid-Amateur Championship, Georgia State Four-Ball Tournament. 1994 Porter Cup, Sunnehanna Amateur, Cardinal Amateur, Dogwood Amateur, Rice Planters Invitational.

2009 Champions Tour Money and Position

$67,134 (61)

Champions Tour Best Round

69 at Round 1, Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. 69 at Round 3, Allianz Championship. 69 at Round 1, Toshiba Classic. 69 at Round 3, Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am. 69 at Round 2, Regions Charity Classic.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

T7-- Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic.

2008 Season Highlights

Top performance came in the first of his 24 appearances on the Champions Tour. Finished second at the MasterCard Championship at Hualalai, two strokes back of Fred Funk. Was the 36-hole leader at the season-opening tournament and then led with nine holes to play before Funk eventually passed him for good on the 17th hole. Opening-round 63 at Hualalai matched a career best on the Champions Tour...Also T11 at the Allianz Championship and again late in the year at the Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Performance on the Monterey Peninsula earned him a check for $46,200 and put him over $13 million in senior career money.

Career Highlights

2007: Despite an opening-round 65, his low score of the year, came up just short in his bid for a second ACE Group Classic title. Appeared in control after holing a wedge shot for eagle at the ninth hole at Quail West. However, played the final nine holes in even par and fell one shy of Bobby Wadkins at the end...Followed Naples performance with a T9 at the Toshiba Classic...Opened the season with nine consecutive sub-par rounds and was T9 in two of his first three events (MasterCard Championship at Hualalai and Allianz Championship). 2006: Claimed one of the year's premier events when he defended his title at the U.S. Senior Open at Prairie Dunes CC in Hutchinson, KS. Trailed by two strokes after 54 holes but closed with a 2-under-par 68 to defeat Tom Watson by two strokes. Sealed his 11th career victory when he drained a curling 15-foot birdie putt at the par-5 17th hole to maintain a two-stroke margin after Watson had hit his third shot to within two feet at the same hole. Victory made him the oldest winner in Senior Open annals at 57 years, 11 months and 17 days, breaking the old mark of 57 years, two months and 15 days (Roberto De Vicenzo). Also posted four rounds in the 60s, just the third player to do so (Gary Player/1987; Tom Weiskopf/1995). Win also earned him the distinction of being just the third player to defend a U.S. Senior Open title, joining Miller Barber (1984-85) and Player (1987-88)...Competed in the U.S. Open at Winged Foot and narrowly missed the cut, finishing with a 36-hole total of 10-over-par 150, one shy of the 36-hole cut...Troubled part of the year by problems with plantar fasciitis in his feet. 2005: Arthroscopic left-knee surgery on September 27 curtailed his season...Was among the top six in four events, with three of those performances coming in the four major events he appeared in...Won the U.S. Senior Open, his third different major, coming from nine strokes back in the final round, the second-biggest comeback in any major championship (Paul Lawrie/10 strokes/1999 British Open) and made up the second-largest deficit in Champions Tour history (Jay Sigel/10 strokes/1994 GTE West Classic). Bypassed 15 players Sunday with a South Course-record 8-under 63 at NCR CC, tying his career-low score and Don Pooley's mark (2002/third round) for the lowest round ever posted in U.S. Senior Open history at the time. Round also was the lowest by a winner on the Champions Tour that season. His $470,000 first-place check was the largest of his career at the time and accounted for over half his official money that season...Was T5 at the Ford Senior Players Championship just prior to his U.S. Senior Open triumph. Opened with a 2-over 74 in Dearborn, but bounced back with three straight rounds in the 60s on the TPC Michigan layout...T6 at the Senior PGA Championship at Laurel Valley. 2004: Won for the second time near Kansas City when he claimed the rain-shortened Bayer Advantage Celebrity Pro-Am by a stroke over Jerry Pate. Made a short birdie putt on the 18th hole Saturday to give himself a one-stroke cushion over Pate and then was declared the winner when Sunday's final round was canceled due to course damage from overnight storms...Was also among a handful of players who battled it out in Sunday's final round at the JELD-WEN Tradition in late August. Trailed by one stroke at the start and remained in contention down the stretch, but failed to birdie either of his final two holes and was T2, one stroke behind Craig Stadler...Champions Tour Player of the Month for June. 2003: Tied with Tom Jenkins for the most sub-par rounds on the Champions Tour with 64...Won for the first time in just over two years when he prevailed at the FleetBoston Classic. The native of nearby Norwood, MA, broke the 18-hole tournament record at Nashawtuc and equaled his career-low score with a second-round, 8-under-par 63 that included a 6-under-par 29 on the front nine. His 54-hole total of 198 also matched the tournament scoring mark, held by Chi Chi Rodriguez, and helped him defeat Bruce Fleisher and defending champion Bob Gilder by two strokes for his eighth career win...Contended at the Columbus Southern Open title near his home in Georgia and eventually finished one stroke short of Morris Hatalsky. 2002: Runner-up to Hale Irwin at the Toshiba Senior Classic after owning sole possession of first place after the opening round. 2001: The Champions Tour's mark of consistency, with 25 top-10 finishes in 34 starts, one top-10 short of Lee Trevino's all-time senior record (1990)...Battled Bruce Fleisher down the stretch for both the Charles Schwab Cup and the overall money title and claimed both honors...Also received the Jack Nicklaus Player of the Year Award after a vote of his peers...Donated his entire $1-million annuity for winning the Schwab Cup to six different charitable organizations...Earned $2,553,582, the third-highest single-season total in Champions Tour history at the time...Led the Champions Tour with 55 (out of 102) rounds in the 60s and had 81 sub-par rounds, one short of Tom Wargo's record (1994)...Won twice and came close to winning four other tournaments...Claimed both of his titles in playoffs over a span of three weeks starting in mid-July. Holed a 35-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to jump into a playoff with Doug Tewell at the Ford Senior Players Championship and then defeated Tewell with a par on the first extra hole for his second major championship on the Champions Tour...Won again two weeks later at the State Farm Senior Classic. Rebounded from an opening-round 73 to get into a tie with Fleisher at the end of regulation and then outlasted Fleisher with a four-foot par putt on the third playoff hole. 2000: Claimed the rain-shortened Toshiba Senior Classic. Birdied the 18th hole of Saturday's second round to open a one-stroke lead over Howard Twitty and Jim Thorpe. Slim margin held up when heavy rains before and during Sunday's final round made the Newport Beach CC course unplayable...Matched his career low of 63 in the second round of the EMC Kaanapali Classic...Also had a rare double eagle in the second round of The Home Depot Invitational, holing a 3-wood second shot on the second hole at the TPC Piper Glen. 1999: Finished third on the final official earnings list despite occasional back problems...Won four times in his first full season and claimed his first senior major championship among those victories...Went wire-to-wire for his initial triumph at The ACE Group Classic, easily defeating Vicente Fernandez by five strokes. Win made him the first player ever to triumph on both the Champions Tour and Nationwide Tours...Returned to Florida just over a month later to defeat Fernandez again at the PGA Seniors' Championship at PGA National. Came from four strokes back on Sunday with an 8-under-par 64 and won by two shots, the best come-from-behind effort on the circuit that season...Despite having back problems throughout the final round, bested Joe Inman in a playoff for the Cadillac NFL Golf Classic title...Used a then-course-record 63, his lowest career round, on the first day of the TD Waterhouse Championship and went on to edge Ed Dougherty by two strokes. 1998: Became fully exempt for the 1999 season by garnering medalist honors at the Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament at Grenelefe...His 13-under-par 275 total was a National Qualifying Tournament record at the time...Made six appearances after turning 50 in June, and had his best finish at the Raley's Gold Rush Classic, finishing T4 near Sacramento.

Personal

Attended Norwich University (VT) on a Francis Ouimet Scholarship and was eventually selected to the school's Sports Hall of Fame. Played both hockey and golf at the college and graduated as the top scoring defenseman in Norwich history and he was also the ECAC golf champion in 1970...Has been generous in support of his alma mater. Donated $1.1 million to the university in the summer of 2004 to help fund an ongoing athletic building project...Also sponsors an annual golf tournament (Allen Doyle Norwich Hockey Golf Classic) at the university which helps support the college hockey program...Says his unorthodox swing developed from practicing in a room with a low ceiling as a youngster in Massachusetts...Played on a number of amateur teams with fellow Champions Tour player Jay Sigel...Member of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame...Once caddied for Bruce Fleisher in the late 1960s...Got started in golf while caddying at Spring Valley CC in Sharon, MA, when he was 14...Is a big sports fan, especially of the Boston Red Sox, and tries to see a variety of baseball teams during his time on the road...Favorite athlete of all-time is former Boston Bruins great Bobby Orr...His first car was a 1969 Mercury Montego, which he bought in 1972 for $2,500...Has carried a Scotty Cameron putter in his bag for more than a dozen years and has used only two putters in his career. Used to carry a copy of an old Tommy Armour Ironmaster before that. Has also used a Ping Eye-2 sand wedge for more than 20 years...Daughters Michelle and Erin are accomplished golfers, both having qualified for U.S. Women's Amateurs.

Champions Tour Playoff Record

3-2

National Teams

Walker Cup (3), 1989, 1991, 1993.

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