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Allen Michael Doyle (born July 26, 1948) is an American professional golfer who played on the Nike Tour, PGA Tour, and Champions Tour.

Allen Doyle
Allen Doyle Golf Swing
Personal information
Full nameAllen Michael Doyle
NicknameThe Grip
Born (1948-07-26) July 26, 1948 (age 71)[1]
Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight210 lb (95 kg; 15 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceLaGrange, Georgia
SpouseKate Doyle
ChildrenMichelle, Erin
CollegeNorwich University
Turned professional1995
Current tour(s)Champions Tour
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins19
Number of wins by tour
Korn Ferry Tour3
PGA Tour Champions11
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. OpenCUT: 1991, 2006, 2007
The Open ChampionshipDNP
Achievements and awards
Charles Schwab Cup2001


Life and careerEdit

Doyle was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island[1] and raised in the Boston suburb of Norwood, Massachusetts.[2] He attended Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, and Norwich University in Vermont where he hosts an annual golf tournament to benefit the Norwich Hockey Team.[1][3][4] Despite winning numerous amateur titles, he did not turn professional until he was 46.[5] In 1995, his first full professional season, he won three times on the Nike Tour.

From 1996 to 1998 Doyle competed in 58 PGA Tour events, making the cut in 31, including two top-10 finishes.[6]

Doyle became eligible to play on the Senior PGA Tour when he turned 50 in July 1998 and won four official money events in 1999, including the Senior PGA Championship. In 2001 he won his second senior major, the Senior Players Championship, and led the tour on the money list. In 2005 he claimed a third major at the U.S. Senior Open, coming behind from a nine stroke deficit with a 63 in the final round.[7] He successfully defended his U.S. Senior Open title in 2006 by defeating Tom Watson at Prairie Dunes Country Club[8] and becoming the oldest U.S. Senior Open Champion at 57 years, 11 months and 17 days.[9] His career earnings on the Champions Tour at the time of his retirement is listed as $13,401,250.[10]

Doyle is a member of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame.[11] He owns and operates The Doyle Golf Center driving range in La Grange, Georgia.[12] As a philanthropist, Doyle has donated over 1 million dollars to various charities including family members of slain rescuers of the 9/11 attacks.[13][14][15]

Amateur wins (23)Edit

Professional wins (19)Edit

Nike Tour wins (3)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 Apr 9, 1995 Nike Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic −15 (66-70-67-70=273) Playoff1   Franklin Langham
2 Aug 27, 1995 Nike Texarkana Open −19 (66-70-66-66=269) 1 stroke   Gary Rusnak
3 Oct 22, 1995 Nike Tour Championship −5 (72-68-72-71=283) Playoff2   John Maginnes

1Defeated Langham with par on second extra hole.
2Defeated Maginnes with par on first extra hole.

Champions Tour wins (11)Edit

Champions Tour major championships (4)
Other Champions Tour (7)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Feb 28, 1999 ACE Group Classic −13 (64-70-69=203) 5 strokes   Vicente Fernández
2 Apr 18, 1999 PGA Seniors' Championship −14 (70-71-69-64=274) 2 strokes   Vicente Fernández
3 Jun 6, 1999 Cadillac NFL Golf Classic −12 (67-66-71=204) Playoff   Joe Inman
4 Sep 5, 1999 TD Waterhouse Championship −12 (66-70-65=198) 2 strokes   Ed Dougherty
5 Mar 5, 2000 Toshiba Senior Classic −8 (67-69=136) 1 stroke   Jim Thorpe,   Howard Twitty
6 Jul 15, 2001 Ford Senior Players Championship −15 (67-69-70-67=273) Playoff   Doug Tewell
7 Jul 29, 2001 State Farm Senior Classic −11 (73-65-67=205) Playoff   Bruce Fleisher
8 Aug 3, 2003 FleetBoston Classic −15 (68-63-67=198) 3 strokes   Bruce Fleisher,   Bob Gilder
9 Jun 13, 2004 Bayer Advantage Celebrity Pro-Am −13 (65-66=131) 1 stroke   Jerry Pate
10 Jul 31, 2005 U.S. Senior Open −10 (71-67-73-63=274) 1 stroke   Loren Roberts,   D. A. Weibring
11 Jul 9, 2006 U.S. Senior Open −8 (69-68-67-68=272) 2 strokes   Tom Watson

Champions Tour playoff record (3–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1999 Toshiba Senior Classic   Al Geiberger,   John Jacobs,   Gary McCord McCord won with birdie on fifth extra hole
Doyle and Geiberger eliminated with eagle on first hole
2 1999 Cadillac NFL Golf Classic   Joe Inman Won with birdie on fourth extra hole
3 2001 Cadillac NFL Golf Classic   John Schroeder Lost to par on second extra hole
4 2001 Ford Senior Players Championship   Doug Tewell Won with par on first extra hole
5 2001 State Farm Senior Classic   Bruce Fleisher Won with par on third extra hole

Other senior wins (5)Edit

Champions Tour major championshipsEdit

Wins (4)Edit

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
1999 PGA Seniors' Championship −14 (71-71-68-64=274) 2 strokes   Vicente Fernández
2001 Ford Senior Players Championship −15 (67-69-70-67=273) Playoff1   Doug Tewell
2005 U.S. Senior Open −10 (71-67-73-63=274) 1 stroke   Loren Roberts,   D. A. Weibring
2006 U.S. Senior Open (2) −8 (69-68-67-68=272) 2 strokes   Tom Watson

1 Won on the first playoff hole over Tewell.

Results timelineEdit

Results not in chronological order before 2012.

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002
Senior PGA Championship 1 T17 4 T15
The Tradition 68 DNP T10 T16
Senior Players Championship T19 T12 1 T12
U.S. Senior Open T13 T8 T4 T7
Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Senior PGA Championship T7 T13 T6 T23 T68 T53 T57 DNP DNP DNP
The Tradition T42 T2 T36 T25 73 T52 T25 65 T53 T67
Senior Players Championship T15 T9 T5 T45 T46 T59 T43 DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Senior Open T4 T42 1 1 CUT CUT CUT T38 DNP CUT
Senior British Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

The Senior British Open was not a Champions Tour major until 2003.
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

U.S. national team appearancesEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Allen Doyle – Profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  2. ^ Lieber, Jill (May 8, 1995). "Late Riser At 46, Allen Doyle Is Earning Kudos, And Big Money, As The Oldest Rookie On The Nike Tour". Sports Illustrated.
  3. ^ "Norwich University Alumni & Family". Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  4. ^ "Allen Doyle Norwich Golf Classic". Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  5. ^ Kelley, Brent. "Oldest Rookies on the PGA Tour". Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  6. ^ "Allen Doyle". PGA Tour. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  7. ^ Shefter, David. "Two-Time U.S. Senior Open Champion Doyle Relishes Being Underdog". USGA. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
  8. ^ "2006: Allen Doyle's double".
  9. ^ Senko, Dave (July 9, 2006). "Doyle becomes oldest winner of U.S. Senior Open". PGA Tour. Archived from the original on July 16, 2006.
  10. ^ "Champions Career Money Leaders".
  11. ^ "Georgia Golf Hall of Fame Member". Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  12. ^ "Doyle Making Best of Retirement".
  13. ^ "Allen Doyle gives $1.1 million to Norwich". Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  14. ^ "He wins $1 million and gives it away". Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  15. ^ "Doyle's Cup Still Runneth Over". Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  16. ^ a b c d e f "Georgia Amateur Championship Records". Georgia State Golf Association. Archived from the original on April 27, 2014. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
  17. ^ a b c d e "Georgia Mid-Amateur Championship Event History". Georgia State Golf Association. Archived from the original on May 8, 2014. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
  18. ^ a b c "Rice Planters Amateur Championship Tee Times & Scoring".
  19. ^ a b "Cardinal Amateur Golf Championship".

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