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Slap Shot
Ivan Maisel
April 26, 1999
Thanks to a late rush, rookie Allen Doyle skated to his first major victory at the PGA Seniors
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April 26, 1999

Slap Shot

Thanks to a late rush, rookie Allen Doyle skated to his first major victory at the PGA Seniors

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Awtrey and the Senior tour agree that the PGA Seniors should move into late spring to space out the majors. That would free up the third week in April for the Tradition, thus ending the possibility of another snow-out. Also, when the tour's board holds its quarterly meeting in Atlanta next month, a 54-hole minimum for majors is expected to be approved. The reason this year's Tradition didn't extend into Monday is that tour bylaws prohibit a third round from starting after the weekend. "A mistake," says board member Dave Stockton, who was among a half-dozen players to discuss the change during an informal meeting last week with commissioner Tim Finchem.

For now, the PGA Seniors will have to content itself with performances such as the one Doyle gave on Sunday. But even he saw room for improvement. In February, after his first Senior tour win, at the ACE Group Classic across the state in Naples, a headline made reference to his mixed lineage in golf and hockey. Doyle joked then that he should have worn a helmet coming down the 18th fairway. "I blew it again today," he said on Sunday. "I should have had a helmet in my bag and put it on coming down 18. Then I'd really be known for something."

That would be some hat trick.

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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