Hale Irwin

Last week, three times U.S. Open champion, Hale Irwin, appropriately won the Legends of Golf tournament in Georgia. Here we just touch on some of his many achievements so far in his 36 year professional career.


2003 portrait - Getty Images

EXEMPT STATUS: Top 30 on 2003 Champions Tour Money List
FULL NAME: Hale  Irwin
HEIGHT: 6-0
WEIGHT: 185
BIRTHDATE: June 3, 1945
BIRTHPLACE: Joplin, MO
RESIDENCE: Paradise Valley, AZ
FAMILY: Wife, Sally; Becky (12/15/71), Steven (8/6/74); one grandchild
EDUCATION: University of Colorado (1967, Marketing)
SPECIAL INTERESTS: Photography, golf course design
TURNED PROFESSIONAL: 1968
JOINED TOUR: 1995
He won 20 events in his PGA Tour career: 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.


2000 U.S. Senior Open- Getty Images


1994 Inaugural President's Cup Winners (Mickelson, Roberts, Irwin & Pavin) - Getty Images

Since joining the Champions Tour in 1995 he has recorded a record-breaking 39 victories, his closest rival being Lee Trevino with 29 Champions Tour wins. He made history when he won the 2003 Turtle Bay Championship becoming the first Champions Tour player to win the same event four times in succession and also the first to win the same event five times. The win also gave him multiple victories, increasing his record to nine straight seasons.

His 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.


1991 Ryder Cup (final day singles against Bernhard Langer) - Getty Images

 

For more information about Hale Irwin,
read his full bio at http://www.pgatour.com/players/bio/132190

 

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Article by Andy Smith

Research by Nikola von Heiflen

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