Irwin Tops the Charts with Win in San Jose
'I'm delighted to say the least,' said Irwin, who took home $210,000 after winning with a 54-hole total 10-under-par 206. 'I've had a great career, a wonderful experience. It's great to win 30 events, but I don't really look at those or the money, but the experiences along the way.'
Irwin came into Sunday's round with a one-shot lead but began to distance himself from the pack with a five-foot putt for eagle at the fourth and back-to-back birdies at holes seven and eight.
His stellar play continued on the back side, as he ran in an 18- foot birdie putt at the 12th and a 20-footer at 15. His wedge shot at the par-five 17th left him with two feet for his final birdie of the day.
When he has the lead going into the final round, Irwin has gone on to win 19 of 25 events.
In his 29 years on the PGA Tour, Irwin collected 20 victories including three U.S. Open titles (1974, '79 and '90). He continues to crank out major wins on the Senior Tour, with three straight triumphs at the Senior PGA Championship from 1996-98, and U.S. Senior Open victories in 1998 and 2000.
Allen Doyle, who was one of six players a stroke back of Irwin at the start of the day, bounced around the leaderboard Sunday with four bogeys, three birdies and two eagles. He finished with a 69 to tie for second with Tom Watson at five-under 211.
'If I wouldn't have made those two early bogeys, I might have put some heat on him,' said Doyle, whose first eagle came when he holed a pitching wedge from 138 yards at the par-four sixth.
Watson tallied seven birdies and two bogeys for a 67.
'I didn't look good at the start,' said Watson, who dug himself a hole with a 77 in the opening round Friday. 'I hit the ball pretty well yesterday and today. Nobody was going to catch Hale this week. He was really swinging well.'
Jack Nicklaus, the architect of the host Coyote Creek Golf Club, recorded rounds of 68-74-71 over the three days to finish alone at three-under 213.
His fourth-place showing was just his fifth in the top-10 over the last four seasons and his best finish since he tied for second in the 1997 Senior PGA Championship.
Jim Colbert and Mike McCullough, each with one win in 2001, tied for fifth at two-under with Senior Tour rookie Sammy Rachels. Gary Player and Tom Jenkins ended the event at one-over par.
Trevino was forced to withdraw during the first round due to back spasms.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.
Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.
The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.
There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18