Hale  Irwin

Hale Irwin

Paradise Valley, AZ

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Updated: Wednesday, 23 May 2012 02:32 PM
  • Birthplace: Joplin, MO
  • Residence: Paradise Valley, AZ
  • Age: 66
  • Turned Pro: 1968

PGA TOUR Victories

(20) 1971,Sea Pines Heritage Classic. 1973,Sea Pines Heritage Classic. 1974,U.S. Open Championship. 1975,Atlanta Classic, Western Open. 1976,Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open, Florida Citrus Open. 1977,Atlanta Classic, Colgate Hall of Fame Golf Classic, San Antonio Texas Open. 1979,U.S. Open Championship. 1981,Hawaiian Open, Buick Open. 1982,Honda Inverrary Classic. 1983,Memorial Tournament. 1984,Bing Crosby National Pro-Am. 1985,Memorial Tournament. 1990,U.S. Open Championship, Buick Classic. 1994,MCI Heritage Golf Classic.

International Victories

(8): 1996 Lexus Challenge [with Sean Connery]. 1997 Senior Slam at Los Cabos. 1998 Senior Match Play Challenge. 1999 Senior Skins Game, Wendy's Three-Tour Challenge [with Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson]. 2000 Our Lucaya Senior Slam. 2001 Senior Skins Game. 2002 Senior Skins Game. 2003 Office Depot Father/Son Challenge [with Steve]. 2005 Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge [with Jay Haas and Craig Stadler].

Other Victories

(11): 1967 NCAA Championship [indiv]. 1974 Piccadilly World Match Play. 1975 Piccadilly World Match Play. 1978 Australian PGA. 1979 South African PGA, World Cup [indiv], World Cup [with John Mahaffey]. 1981 Bridgestone Classic. 1982 Brazilian Open. 1986 Bahamas Classic. 1987 Fila Classic.

2012 Champions Tour Money and Position

$72,980 (47)

2012 Champions Tour Best Finishes

T9-- Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf.

Champions Tour Best Round

69 at Round 1, Allianz Championship.

Champions Tour Highlights

Added to his current record for career top-10 finishes on the Champions Tour when he and teammate Ian Baker-Finch finished T9 at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf. It was the 206th such performance of his career.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- Sea Pines Heritage Classic, Sea Pines Heritage Classic, U.S. Open Championship, Atlanta Classic, Western Open, Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open, Florida Citrus Open, Atlanta Classic, Colgate Hall of Fame Golf Classic, San Antonio Texas Open, U.S. Open Championship, Hawaiian Open, Buick Open, Honda Inverrary Classic, Memorial Tournament, Bing Crosby National Pro-Am, Memorial Tournament, U.S. Open Championship, Buick Classic, MCI Heritage Golf Classic.

2011 Season Highlights

Rebounded from three sub-par seasons to finish 27th on the final money list, his best showing since 2007. Nearly matched his total earnings for his two previous years...His seven top-10 finishes were four more than he had in the previous three years combined...Added another record to his impressive Champions Tour resume in July when he was T4 at the U.S. Senior Open at Inverness. It was the 204th top-10 finish of his Champions Tour career, which moved him into first place all time in that category, one ahead of Bob Charles. Finished the event with an impressive 10-under-par 274, which included a 5-under-par 66 in the third round. With his T4 finish he became the oldest player to finish in a top five in a major championship on the Champions Tour at 66 years, 1 month, 28 days. Had set the mark earlier when he was fourth at the Senior PGA Championship at 65 years, 11 months, 26 days...Followed up U.S. Senior Open with a T8 at the 3M Championship. Carded a 66 Sunday, matching his age for the third time in his career...Final-round 67 at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open moved him into a T10 at En-Joie GC, his 203rd career top-10 finish, tying him with Charles for most career top-10s...Nearly became the oldest winner on the Champions Tour in late May when he was in contention all four rounds at the Senior PGA Championship at Valhalla. Seven years after winning the tournament at the same venue, he shared the 54-hole lead with Japan's Kiyoshi Murota but struggled with his putter Sunday, eventually finishing in fourth...Reached a milestone at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic when he was T7 at Fallen Oak, thanks to back-to-back weekend rounds of 68. Performance was his 200th top-10 finish on the Champions Tour and also made him the oldest player to record a top 10 since 66-year-old Dave Stockton finished T4 at the 2008 Administaff Small Business Classic...Made the first hole-in-one of his Champions Tour career when he aced No. 9 in the opening round of the Boeing Classic. He used a 6-iron on the 185-yard hole for his 10th career hole-in-one.

Career Highlights

2010: Opened campaign with a solo fifth-place finish at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. Carded three consecutive sub-70 rounds at Hualalai, a first for him since the 2007 Ginn Championship at Hammock Beach...Played in his 1,000th combined PGA TOUR-Champions Tour event when he teed it up at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am in April...Matched his age for the first time when he shot a 6-under-par 65 in the opening round at the AT&T Championship in San Antonio in October...Tied a Champions Tour record when he hit all 42 fairways at the Ensure Classic at Rock Barn. Calvin Peete set the mark in 1996 at the VFW Senior Championship and Ed Dougherty later matched it at the 2005 The ACE Group Classic. 2009: Ended a string of 41 consecutive starts without a top-10 finish when he closed the year with a sixth-place finish at the AT&T Championship in San Antonio. Made just one bogey over his final 36 holes...Went over the $25-million mark in Champions Tour career earnings with $8,610 check for a T43 finish at The Cap Cana Championship. 2007: Was a five-stroke winner at the season-opening MasterCard Championship at Hualalai in Hawaii. Tied his career-low round on the Champions Tour with a second-round, 10-under 62 and was never threatened Sunday on his way to his 45th career Champions Tour victory. It was his ninth win in the Aloha State, including eight on the Champions Tour, and it was also his second victory in the event. Win at Hualalai also marked the 13th time he had won the same event on the Champions Tour, and his 23-under-par total of 193 was his career-low total in a 54-hole Champions Tour event...Eclipsed the $30-million mark in combined career (PGA TOUR-Champions Tour) earnings when he finished T7 at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. 2006: Did not win an event for the first time since joining the Champions Tour (streak was 11 in a row) and did not win at least $1 million in a season (streak ended at 10). In addition, record streak of top-10 finishes on the money list ended at 11...Best performance of the year came in defense of his title at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am, a T2 at TPC Tampa Bay after holding a one-stroke lead with two holes remaining. 2005: Enjoyed another record-setting year as he led all players with four wins and narrowly missed earning $2 million for the eighth time in his career...Made history in late January when he rolled to a five-stroke victory at the Turtle Bay Championship. Win gave him five straight titles at the event, the first time a player had ever won a PGA TOUR-sanctioned tournament five straight times. Win was also his sixth overall at the event and was his 100th top-three finish in his 230th start on the Champions Tour...Won his 42nd career title at the rain-shortened Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am near Tampa. Monday finish resulted in a one-stroke victory over Morris Hatalsky and Mark McNulty. Found himself one stroke back of Hatalsky after playing three holes on Sunday before play was suspended for the day. Eventually made two birdies and a 5-foot par save on the final hole to prevail on Monday afternoon. Win in Tampa was his 22nd different tournament victory and ran his streak of years with multiple titles to a record 11 straight seasons...Won for the 43rd time on the Champions Tour when he prevailed by one stroke over Craig Stadler, Morris Hatalsky and Gil Morgan at the Wal-Mart First Tee Open. Shared the 36-hole lead with Morgan, and his final-round, 4-under-par 68 made him the year's first three-time champion. The win also marked the 12th time a player won a Champions Tour and PGA TOUR on the same venue (he also did it at Riviera CC near Los Angeles) and made him the 14th player over age 60 (60 years, 3 months, 1 day) to win a Champions Tour event...Added a fourth title and 44th career crown when he was a two-stroke victor at the SAS Championship near Raleigh in October. Entered the final round four strokes behind 36-hole leader R.W. Eaks, but eventually won by two strokes over Bob Gilder and Tom Jenkins. Battled several contenders down the stretch but sealed the win with a clutch eagle putt on the 17th hole. Victory made him the first player over 60 to win two events in the same year...The win also marked the eighth time in his career he had won consecutive starts on the Champions Tour...Voted Champions Tour's Player of the Month for January/February as well as September. 2004: Continued to defy the odds and again put together a remarkable season that contained multiple victories, despite having to deal with a tender lower back and assorted neck and shoulder pain late in the year...Was T7 at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, helped him hold off Craig Stadler by a mere 39 points in the season's final event to earn his second Charles Schwab Cup. Led the Schwab Cup race for 11 weeks during the summer and then slipped into second place for four weeks before regaining the top spot for good after his runner-up finish at the Administaff Small Business Classic...Survived a grueling week at Valhalla to claim his fourth Senior PGA Championship and his 40th career Champions Tour title. Two-putted from 40 feet to birdie the 72nd hole to claim the weather-plagued event by one stroke over Jay Haas. Victory came just three days short of his 59th birthday, making him the oldest winner of a major since the start of the Champions Tour. Win was his seventh senior major title and he joined Jack Nicklaus (JELD-WEN Tradition) as the only other player to win the same major four times...Held off Gil Morgan in late April for the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf crown. Managed to eke out a one-stroke victory after making par on the final hole while Morgan two-putted from 20 feet for a bogey...Made an ace during the first round of the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. Used a 3-iron from 185 yards on the par-3 seventh hole...Did not participate in the U.S. Open Championship, ending a streak of 33 consecutive appearances in the event. 2003: Despite back woes for the final four months of the season, made history when he won his 38th career title at the Turtle Bay Championship. Made up two strokes on second-round leader Tom Kite the final day, and the pair battled down to the wire before he emerged victorious, thanks to a birdie on the 17th hole. In the process, became the first Champions Tour player to win the same event four times in succession and also became the first to win the same event five times...Overcame a triple bogey on the front nine in Sunday's final round to win the inaugural Kinko's Classic of Austin, his 37th career title. Made birdie on the second playoff hole to defeat Tom Watson at The Hills CC. Win allowed him to set the all-time Champions Tour record for consecutive seasons with at least one title (10)...Selected as the Champions Tour Player of the Month for May. 2002: Voted by his peers as the Champions Tour's Player of the Year for a third time...Established a Champions Tour record for earnings in a season with $3,028,304, breaking his own mark of $2,861,945 and, in the process, became the oldest player at the time to win the money title (Arnold Palmer Award) at age 57 (previous mark was by Peter Thomson, who won the 1985 money title at age 56)...Clinched his first Charles Schwab Cup and the money title with his fourth victory of the year at the Turtle Bay Championship in Hawaii. Birdied the first extra playoff hole to defeat Gary McCord. Win allowed him to tie Jack Nicklaus (four wins at The Countrywide Tradition) for most victories in the same event and also was his first playoff win ever on the Champions Tour in six tries...Started the year by winning his third straight Senior Skins (1999, 2001, 2002; did not play in 2000) title on the island of Maui. Prevailed over Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Fuzzy Zoeller at Wailea GC. Won five skins and $260,000 on the final hole to help him earn a record $450,000, breaking Raymond Floyd's mark of $420,000 in 1995...Captured his 33rd career title on the Champions Tour at The ACE Group Classic in Naples. Dueled Tom Watson down the stretch before defeating him by a stroke at The Club at TwinEagles...Set a Champions Tour record when he posted his 75th career top-three finish, a T2 at the Audi Senior Classic in Mexico, breaking Bob Charles' mark of 74...Won the Toshiba Senior Classic by five strokes with a then record-setting 196 total, his second win in Newport Beach...Also won his third 3M Championship in Minnesota. Was tied with James Mason after 36 holes, but broke away from the pack for a three-stroke victory. Win at the TPC Twin Cities also marked the sixth consecutive season he had won at least three times...Became the first over the $3-million mark in season earnings with his fourth-place finish at the SENIOR TOUR Championship in Gaillardia...Also became the oldest player to claim the Byron Nelson Award as the Scoring leader (68.93). 2001: Eclipsed the $2-million mark for an unprecedented fifth straight campaign at The Transamerica...Won three official events, the fifth straight year he's won at least three times in a season, tying him with Miller Barber and Lee Trevino for the most in Champions Tour history...Broke out of a tie with Lee Trevino atop the all-time victory list by claiming the inaugural Siebel Classic in Silicon Valley, his 30th career win in his 135th start on the Champions Tour...Posted three consecutive rounds of 65 and shattered the Bruno's Memorial Classic tournament record by six strokes with a 21-under 195 total. Easily outdistanced Stewart Ginn by four strokes in Birmingham for his 31st Champions Tour victory...Notched his 32nd title late in the campaign at the Turtle Bay Championship in Hawaii. 2000: Claimed four official victories, the fourth straight year he won four or more titles in a season...Tied Lee Trevino atop the all-time victory list when he won his second EMC Kaanapali Classic, besting Joe Inman by four strokes...Successfully defended his Nationwide Championship crown, at the time, the sixth successful defense of his senior career. Made just one bogey over 54 holes and edged Tom Jenkins and Vicente Fernandez by one stroke...Picked up his second title three weeks later when he held off Gil Morgan by a stroke for the BellSouth Senior Classic at Opryland crown...Biggest victory of his season came in early July when he triumphed at the U.S. Senior Open for a second time. Carded rounds of 65-65 on the weekend at Saucon Valley and overtook Bruce Fleisher on the final day to win by three strokes. His 267 total was the lowest four-round score in any U.S. Senior Open Championship and gave him a sixth senior major title...Underwent LASIK surgery the week prior to the GTE Classic and went on to T3 in Tampa. 1999: Became the first player in the history of the Champions Tour to win five or more official tournaments three years in a row...Won all five of his events from early May until late August...Started the run with a dramatic victory at the Nationwide Championship. Holed a 74-yard wedge shot for an eagle on the final hole to break a tie with Bob Murphy...Closed with a 66 to defeat Al Geiberger by two strokes at the Boone Valley Classic...Biggest win of the year came at the Ford Senior Players Championship, when he captured his fifth senior major despite a sore right rotator cuff. Used a final-round 65 to blow away the field by seven shots, the largest margin of victory ever at the TPC Michigan. His 72-hole score of 21-under 267 also equaled Gil Morgan's tournament record set in Dearborn in 1998...Rallied from an opening-round 73 to successfully defend his Ameritech Senior Open title by one stroke over Gary McCord, Bruce Fleisher and Raymond Floyd...Captured the Coldwell Banker Burnet Classic the next week in wire-to-wire fashion, defeating Jim Dent and Dale Douglass by two shots. Win in Minnesota moved him past Miller Barber into solo second place on the all-time Champions Tour victory list...Set a Champions Tour record for consecutive sub-70 rounds with 13 in a row (second round/Ameritech Senior Open through second round/AT&T Canada Senior Open Championship). 1998: Voted the circuit's Player of the Year for the second straight season after seven victories, including two major championships...In 22 starts, amazingly finished in the top five in all but two tournaments...Posted an all-time record 19 consecutive top-five finishes (starting at 1997 Energizer SENIOR TOUR Championship) before string ended at the Boone Valley Classic (T13)...Won his second consecutive Arnold Palmer Award as the circuit's leading money-winner and averaged $130,088 per start...Also garnered his third straight Byron Nelson Award for the lowest scoring average (68.59), breaking Lee Trevino's all-time mark of 68.89 set in 1990...Fired a then course-record 62 in the final round of the Toshiba Senior Classic, tying his Champions Tour career-low score, to come from five strokes back and overtake Hubert Green for the title...Won his third consecutive PGA Seniors' Championship, matching Eddie Williams' mark for consecutive wins in the event (1942, 1945, 1946)...Successfully defended his title the next week at the Las Vegas Senior Classic...Fourth title of the campaign came in wire-to-wire fashion at the Ameritech Senior Open, his second senior victory in Chicago...Despite an opening-round 77, made birdie on the 72nd hole to nip Vicente Fernandez at the U.S. Senior Open at Riviera CC. Became just the 10th player to claim a PGA TOUR and Champions Tour event at the same venue. First-round score was also the highest ever by a winner in Champions Tour annals...Sixth victory at the BankBoston Classic was another successful title defense...Closed out the year with a five-stroke triumph at the Energizer SENIOR TOUR Championship in Myrtle Beach. 1997: Had nine victories to tie Peter Thomson's all-time record set in 1985 for most wins in a season...Became the first player to hit the $2-million mark in one season when he won his eighth title at the Vantage Championship and pocketed $225,000...Nine wins came in just 23 starts (18 top-10 finishes)...Got his year off to a great beginning with a two-stroke victory over Gil Morgan at the MasterCard Championship in Hawaii...Outdueled Bob Murphy a month later to win the LG Championship in Naples...Set a standard by successfully defending his PGA Seniors' Championship, winning by a Champions Tour all-time record 12 strokes...Edged Isao Aoki with a birdie putt at the final hole of the Las Vegas Senior Classic...Took control of the Burnet Senior Classic near Minneapolis with a birdie at the 17th hole and slipped past Lee Trevino...Made birdies on the final two holes for a two-stroke win at the BankBoston Classic...Claimed the Boone Valley Classic near his home in St. Louis, playing all 54 holes without a bogey...Played another bogey-free event at the Vantage Championship and used a 62 at Tanglewood in the second round to eventually edge Dave Eichelberger...Tied Peter Thomson's record for wins in a single season with his ninth victory at the Hyatt Regency Maui Kaanapali Classic, defeating Mike Hill and Bruce Summerhays by three strokes...Claimed his first four titles in just seven starts, the fastest ever to that number in a season...Of the 74 rounds he played during the year, 57 were below par (77 percent) and only 13 were over par...More than half (41 of 74/55 percent) of his rounds were in the 60s...Won the Arnold Palmer Award as the leading money-winner and notched his second consecutive Byron Nelson Award as the Champions Tour scoring leader (68.92). 1996: Just missed winning money title by $12,121 when he was passed by Jim Colbert on the final day at the Energizer SENIOR TOUR Championship thanks to a birdie on the 72nd hole...Averaged $70,250 per start for the year with wins at PGA Seniors' Championship and American Express Invitational...Led the Champions Tour with 21 top-10 finishes and was under par in 21 of 23 events...Won his first Byron Nelson Award as the Champions Tour scoring leader (69.47)...Victory at the American Express Invitational pushed him past $1 million in Champions Tour earnings in his 16th event, the fastest to do so at the time. 1995: Champions Tour Rookie of the Year after pair of victories and 10th-place finish on the money list in just 12 appearances...Made debut at BellSouth Senior Classic at Opryland (T4)...Claimed first win at the Ameritech Senior Open in his fifth start...Victory was third of his career in Chicago area (also won '90 U.S. Open and '75 Western Open). Defeated Kermit Zarley by a whopping seven shots, equaling the largest winning margin on the Champions Tour in 1995...Did not make a bogey at the Vantage Championship and defeated Dave Stockton by four strokes.


Unusual two-sport participant at the University of Colorado: a 1967 NCAA champion in golf and two-time All-Big Eight selection as a football defensive back...Was also an Academic All-American...Member of Colorado's All-Century Football Team and inducted into the University of Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002...Delivered the commencement address at his alma mater in May 2007...Starred in the prep ranks in three sports prior to attending Colorado and led Boulder High School to a state title in football...Was named to the Colorado State High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006...Son, Steve, also played on the Colorado golf team and won the 2004 Colorado State Amateur Match Play Championship. He also qualified for the 2011 U.S. Open...Got his start in golf at age 4 through his father...Actively involved in his own course design business.. Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1992...Biggest thrills in golf were his first TOUR win in 1971 at Hilton Head Island, SC, his three U.S. Open victories, his two U.S. Senior Open wins and playing on the victorious U.S. Ryder Cup team in 1991...Participated in a charity golf tournament in St. Louis for 25 years to benefit the St. Louis Children's Hospital and Hale Irwin Center for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology...Was the recipient of the Ambassador of Golf Award by the Northern Ohio Golf Charities at the 2009 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron...Says if he could meet one famous person dead or alive his choice would be Abraham Lincoln, because he came along at a very tumultuous time in our history and had a positive influence...His favorite golf courses in the United States are Cypress Point and Winged Foot, while overseas, he gives the nod to Royal Melbourne in Australia...Leans toward the 2-iron he hit at the last hole to win the 1974 U.S. Open at Winged Foot as his all-time favorite shot...Broke 70 for the first time at age 14...Favorite all-time athlete is Byron "Whizzer" White, a fellow CU football standout and the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

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