'We would have liked to have played and maybe come down No. 18 but these things happen,' said Doyle, who pocketed $247,500 for the win. 'It's great to win and I'm thrilled to be the champion.'
The win was Doyle's first of the 2004 season and his ninth since joining the Champions Tour in 1998. He finished 36 holes at 13-under-par 131 and won by a stroke over Jerry Pate.
Pate, a tour rookie, matched the course record Saturday with a 7-under-par 65. He came in at 12-under-par 132 and posted his best finish on the elder circuit.
'I'm not disappointed at all with this finish,' said Pate, the 1976 U.S. Open champion. 'I'm extremely elated with where my game is now. I never felt as relaxed in my life.'
Mark James, the 1999 European Ryder Cup captain, Bob Gilder, David Eger and Andy Bean shared third place at 9-under-par 135. John Harris took seventh at minus-eight and Bruce Summerhays finished eighth at 7-under-par 137 as he also equaled the course record on Saturday.
Jay Sigel, the 2003 winner, tied for 32nd at 1-under-par 143.