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Allen Doyle gets $1m bonus

Allen Doyle won the inaugural Charles Schwab Cup $1 million bonus Sunday despite his poor finish at the season-ending Senior Tour Championship.

Through the gusts at Gaillardia Golf and Country Club, Doyle finished the 72-hole event with a 4-over-par 76. He ended up 22nd in the 30-player field but already had accomplished enough to win the bonus.

"How do you like that?" said Doyle, who also won the Arnold Palmer Award for claiming the money title with over $2.55 million.

Doyle ended the season with 2,382 Schwab points -- 216 more than Bruce Fleisher, who needed to finish at least second this week to win the bonus but ended up 18th.

This season, the Senior Tour debuted a multidimensional national marketing program that allied the circuit with Charles Schwab & Co. financial service providers. The result of a season-long, points-based program was the $1 million bonus.

Doyle, 53, wasn't the biggest winner on tour this season, but he had two titles and 23 other top-10 showings in 34 starts en route to his first money title in three seasons on the Senior Tour.

Fleisher was second on the money list with over $2.41 million. Hale Irwin finished third with $2.147 million, Larry Nelson was fourth at $2.109 million and Gil Morgan placed fifth with $1.885 million.

"They are the stars of the Senior Tour," Doyle said. "So for me to beat those guys, both in the Schwab Cup and in the money list, might be the highest achievement, maybe."

With a career year, Doyle has or plans to make significant contributions to his college, high school and other charities, especially those established for the children victimized by the attacks on the World Trade Center.

"I still thought I had a pretty good year in 2000," Doyle said. "But when I did what I did this year, as soon as I convinced my wife that we were set financially, she was 100 percent behind it. (it) just felt like the fair thing to do."

Doyle said he also would make pledges to Habitat for Humanity, adult literacy and the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund.

A total of 16 players made at least $1 million this season -- one more than in 2000.


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