Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks

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The Senior PGA Tour regroups this week in Park City, Utah, for the United Fore Care Classic presented by Novell after taking a week off to rest their weary bones.
 
And some players are hoping the layoff will have cooled off the red-hot Hale Irwin.
 
Winning his last time out at the 3M Championship, Irwin has now finished first or second in three of his last four events. In fact, he's posted a top-three in almost half of the tournaments he's entered this year, with three wins, five seconds, and a third place in 19 events.
 
Irwin, who is in his seventh year on the Senior curcuit, is comfortably leading the tour for the money race, and he also ranks first in birdies made per round. And this week, that will be the name of the game, as the Senior Tour will be implementing the modified Stableford scoring system.
 
Just like the PGA Tour uses at the International, the Stableford system rewards players for aggressive play. It gives eight points for a double eagle, five points for eagle, three for a birdie, nothing for par, minus-one for bogey, and minus-three for a double-bogey or worse.
 
It will be the only time the Senior Tour plays with this unique scoring method, but if the International was any indication, look out for a wild finish.
 
Steve Veriato will return to defend his crown after having won last year's title in his 99th start on the Senior Tour.
 
The tournament is played at the 7,327-yard par 72 Park Meadows Country Club, with Dana Quigley holding the course record of 62, shot in 1999.
 
Statistical preview for the United Fore Care Classic