Irwin Looks for Exclamation Point

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Normally, a season-ending Tour Championship is set up and designed to figure out just who might be the best player on ones respective tour.
 
The money race might be coming down to the wire, Player of the Year honors are up for grabs, and war is still being waged for the scoring title.
 
Well, try telling that to Tiger Woods, Annika Sorenstam, and Senior Tour superstar Hale Irwin. Each one is making their respective Tour Championships almost utterly meaningless.
 
And although Tiger and Sorenstam may have more wins, they may not have matched the dominance of their tours the way Irwin has his. After all, Irwin is poised at $2,861,945 to become the first Senior Tour player to surpass $3 million.
 
Irwin goes into the Senior Tour Championship with four wins - one fewer than Tiger and five fewer than Sorenstam - but has an amazing six second-place finishes and yet another four third-place finishes.
 
In the name of dominance and consistency, he has also placed in the top 10 in 21 of the 26 events he has entered.
 
Throw in the fact that he ranks first in 13 separate categories, including birdie average, putting, and scrambling, and one could make a case that Irwin is the golf world's player of the year.
 
So keep in mind that whomever wins the Senior Tour Championship, don't just think that the huge amount of money they will win is impressive; but rather, that they were able to defeat indomitable Hale Irwin.

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