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Hale Irwin

  • Birthplace: Joplin, Mo.
  • Residence: Paradise Valley, Ariz.
  • Birthdate: June 3, 1945
  • Age: 61
  • Turned Pro: 1968
  • College: Colorado
  • Eligibility Code: 1, 4, 6, 8, 10, 17, 18

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Player Notes

Irwin played for 30 years on PGA Tour and joined the Champions Tour in 1995. Has won 20 times on the PGA Tour in his three decades of golf. The list includes three U.S. Opens (1974, '79 and '90), the 1971 and '73 Heritage Classic, 1975 Western Open, 1983 Memorial Tournament and the 1984 Bing Crosby Pro-am. His victories have come on the more difficult courses in the world, such as Winged Foot, Inverness, Harbour Town, Butler National, Riviera, Pinehurst No. 2, Muirfield Village and Pebble Beach. He has played on five Ryder Cup Teams (1975, '77, '79, '81 and '91). . . Irwin has won more money on the PGA and Champions Tours than anyone else, other than Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson and Davis Love III.

Career Victories

Champions Tour
44 - 1995 Ameritech Senior Open, Vantage Championship, 1996 American Express, PGA Seniors' Championship, 1997 MasterCard Seniors, LG Championship, PGA Seniors' Championship, Las Vegas Senior Classic, Burnet Senior Classic, Bank of Boston Classic, Boone Valley Classic, Vantage Championship, Maui Kaanapali Classic, 1998 Toshiba Senior Classic, PGA Seniors' Championship, Las Vegas Senior, Ameritech Senior Open, U.S. Senior Open, BankBoston Classic, Energizer Senior Tour Championship, 1999 Nationwide Championship, Boone Valley Classic, Ford Senior Players Championship, Ameritech Senior Open, Coldwell Banker Burnet Senior Classic, 2000 Nationwide Championship, BellSouth Senior Classic at Opryland, U.S. Senior Open, EMC Kaanapali Classic, 2001 Siebel Classic In Silicon Valley, Bruno's Memorial Classic, Turtle Bay Championship, 2002 ACE Group Classic, Toshiba Senior Classic, 3M Championship, Turtle Bay Championship, 2003 Kinko's Classic of Austin, Turtle Bay Championship, 2004 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, Senior PGA Championship, 2005 Turtle Bay Championship, Outback Steakhouse Pro-am, The First Tee Open at Pebble Beach & SAS Championship.

PGA Tour
20 - 1971 Heritage Classic, 1973 Heritage Classic, 1974 U.S. Open, 1975 Western Open, Atlanta Classic, 1976 Los Angeles Open, Florida Citrus Open, 1977 Atlanta Classic, Hall of Fame Classic, San Antonio-Texas Open, 1979 U.S. Open, 1981 Hawaiian Open, Buick Open, 1982 Honda-Inverrary Classic, 1983 Memorial Tournament, 1984 Bing Crosby Pro-Am, 1985 Memorial Tournament, 1990 U.S. Open, Buick Classic, 1994 Heritage Classic.

Other
around the world: 1974 & '75 World Match Play Championship, 1978 Australina PGA, 1979 South African PGA, 1981 Bridgestone Classic (Jap), 1982 Brazilian Open, 1986 Bahamas Classic, 1987 Fila Classic, 1996 Lexus Challenge (with Sean Connery), 1997 Senior Slam, 1998 Senior Match Play Challenge, 1999 Senior Skins Game, Wendy's Three-Tour Challenge (with Jack Nicklaus & Tom Watson), 2000 Lucaya Senior Slam.

Career Summary

1968 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 17; in money - 11; Top-10 finishes - 0; money - $5,129 (ranked 128th); best finish - T21st, Shrine-Robinson Golf Classic

1969 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 29; in money - 21; Top-10 finishes - 1; money - $18,211 (ranked 83rd); best finish - T10th, Memphis Open.

1970 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 32; in money - 24; Top-10 finishes - 4; money - $44,101 (ranked 44th); best finish - 2nd, Los Angeles Open

1971 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 35; in money - 28; Top-10 finishes - 7; money - $96,695 (ranked 12th); Winner, Heritage Classic.

1972 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 34; in money - 27; Top-10 finishes - 11; money - $107,140 (ranked 14th); best finish - 2nd, Andy Williams-San Diego Open, Liggett Meyers Open & T2nd, Kaiser International Open

1973 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 32; in money - 25; Top-10 finishes - 12; money - $128,353 (ranked 7th); Winner, Heritage Classic.

1974 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 21; Top-10 finishes - 8; money - $150,068 (ranked 6th); Winner, U.S. Open.

1975 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 21; Top-10 finishes - 14; money - $205,380 (ranked 4th); Winner, Western Open & Atlanta Classic.

1976 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 21; Top-10 finishes - 12; money - $252,719 (ranked 3rd); Winner, Los Angeles Open & Florida Citrus Open.

1977 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 23; Top-10 finishes - 8; money - $221,456 (ranked 4th); Winner, Atlanta Classic, Hall of Fame & San Antonio Texas Open.

1978 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 22; Top-10 finishes - 13; money - $191,666 (ranked 7th); best finish, 2nd, Heritage Classic & T2nd Hall of Fame..

1979 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 17; Top-10 finishes - 6; money - $154,168 (ranked 19th); Winner, U.S. Open.

1980 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 18; Top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average - 71.07 (ranked 12nd); money - $109,810 (ranked 38th); best finish, T3rd, Western Open.

1981 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 21; Top-10 finishes - 8; scoring average - 71.29 (ranked 24th); money - $276,499 (ranked 7th); Winner, Hawaiian Open.

1982 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 20; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 71.39 (ranked 33rd); money - $173,719 (ranked 19th); Winner, Honda Inverrary Classic.

1983 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 20; Top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average - 70.82 (ranked 4th); money - $232,567 (ranked 13th); Winner, Memorial Tournament.

1984 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 16; Top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average - 71.57 (ranked 45th); money - $183,384 (ranked 31st); Winner, Bing Crosby National Pro-Am.

1985 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 14; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 71.57 (ranked 53rd); money - $195,007 (ranked 31st); Winner, Memorial Tournament.

1986 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 15; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 72.45 (ranked 132nd); money - $59,983 (ranked 128th); best finish, T10th,Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic.

1987 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 14; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 71.16 (ranked 40th); money - $100,825 (ranked 96th); best finish, 7th, Southern Open.

1988 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 14; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 70.73 (ranked 57th); money - $164,996 (ranked 72nd); best finish, T2nd, Memorial Tournament.

1989 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 19; in money - 14; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 70.96 (ranked 83rd); money - $150,977 (ranked 93rd); best finish, 3rd, Nissan Los Angeles Open.

1990 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 17; in money - 15; Top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average - 69.76 (ranked 4th); money - $838,249 (ranked 6th); Winner, U.S. Open and Buick Classic.

1991 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 17; in money - 15; Top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average - 70.44 (ranked T31st); money$422,652 (ranked 33rd); best finish, 2nd Memorial.

1992 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 13; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 71.18 (ranked 89th); money - $98,208 (ranked 131st); best finish, T-7th Doral Ryder Open.

1993 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 14; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 70.30 (ranked 21st); money - $252,686 (ranked 65th); best finish, T-6th PGA Championship.

1994 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 19; Top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average - 69.72 (ranked 9th); money - $814,436 (ranked 10th); Winner, Heritage Classic.

1995 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 12; Top-10 finishes - 11; scoring average - 68.85; money - $799,175 (ranked 10th); winner, Ameritech Senior Open and Vantage Championship.

1995 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 14; in money - 11; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 70.73; money - $190,961 (ranked 95th); best finish -T-7th, Phoenix Open and Doral-Ryder Open.

1996 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; Top-10 finishes - 21; scoring average - 69.47 (1st); money - $1,615,769 (ranked 2nd); winner, American Express Invitational and PGA Seniors' Championship.

1996 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 3; in money - 3; Top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 70.86; money - $31,550 (ranked 218th); best finish -T-29th, Masters.

1997 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; Top-10 finishes - 20; scoring average - 68.59 (1st); money - $2,861,945 (ranked 1st and best of anybody in golf); Winner, at Toshiba Senior Classic, PGA Seniors' Championship, Las Vegas Senior, Ameritech Senior Open, U.S. Senior Open, BankBoston Classic, Energizer Senior Tour Championship.

1999 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; Top-10 finishes - 14; scoring average - 68.58 (2nd); money - $2,025,232 (ranked 2nd); winner, Nationwide Championship, Boone Valley Classic, Ford Senior Players Championship, Ameritech Senior Open, Coldwell Banker Burnet Senior Classic.

2000 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; Top-10 finishes - 17; scoring average - 69.16 (4th); money - $2,128,968 (ranked 3rd); winner, Nationwide Championship, BellSouth Senior Classic at Opryland, U.S. Senior Open, EMC Kaanapali Classic.

2001 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; Top-10 finishes - 18; scoring average - 69.29 (2nd); money - $2,147,422 (ranked 3rd); winner, Siebel Classic In Silicon Valley, Bruno's Memorial Classic, Turtle Bay Championship.

2002 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; Top-10 finishes - 22; scoring average - 68.93 (ranked 1st); money - $3,028,304 (ranked 1st); best finish, Winner ACE Group, Toshiba Sr. Classic, 3M Championship and Turtle Bay Championship. Other Victories: Charles Schwab Cup.

2003 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered -22; top 10 finishes -13; scoring average - 69.59 (ranked 3rd); money - $1,607,391 (ranked 5th); best finish - Win Kinko's Classic of Austin & Turtle Bay Championship. Had problems with his back, was forced to withdraw in the middle of his round at the U.S. Open in Chicago.

2004 Champions Tour Summary
tournaments entered - 23; top 10 finishes - 14; scoring average - 69.58 (ranked 2nd); money - $2,035,397 (ranked 2nd); best finish - Won Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf & Senior PGA Championship. Still had to deal with a tender lower back and assorted neck and shoulder pain. Made history in 2005 when he won his fifth straight Turtle Bay Championship, the first time a player had ever won a PGA Tour sanctioned event five straight times.

2005 Champions Tour Summary
tournaments entered - 22; top 10 finishes - 11; scoring average - 69.97 (ranked 8th); money - $1,983,596 (ranked 2nd); best finish - Win Turtle Bay Championship, Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am, The First Tee Open at Pebble Beach & SAS Championship.

2006 Champions Tour Summary
tournaments entered - 22; top 10 finishes - 6; scoring average - 70.74 (ranked 21st); money - $808,144 (ranked 22nd); best finish - 2nd Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.

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