Irwin and Morgan Battle at Brunos


Just like old times, Gil Morgan and Hale Irwin will battle for a title on the Senior PGA Tour.

Morgan and Irwin share the lead entering the final round of the Brunos Memorial Classic in Birmingham, Ala. At 14-under-par, the former dynamic duo is two-shots clear of Stewart Ginn (65). Tom Kite is three back after a 6-under-par 66.
Morgan and Irwin dominated the tour in 1997 and 1998, combining for 28 victories. Irwin accounted for 16 of the wins, Morgan for 12. Both years, Irwin out-dueled his counterpart for Player of the Year honors.
Saturday, Morgan carded the round of the day, a 9-under-par 63. The 54-year-old recorded ten birdies over his first 17 holes, before dropping a shot at the par-5 finishing hole.
'That hole is my nemesis,' said Morgan, who lost this event in a playoff to John Jacobs in 2000. 'Last year, I hit it in the water to the left and this year I hit it out of bounds to the right.'
On the other hand, Irwin birdied the 18th to tie Morgan at the top. The birdie was part of a bogey-free round, which also included an eagle at the par-5 13th. Friday, Irwin eagled the 18th to earn a share of the lead.
'I'm going to leave a message on Gil's windshield: 'Remember 18,'' joked Irwin.
Overnight co-leader Jose Maria Canizares is now seven shots off the pace following an even-par 72 at the Greystone Golf & Country Club.
The 55-year-old Irwin is seeking his record 31st career victory on the Senior circuit, while Morgan is vying for win No. 19.
Full-field scores from the Brunos Memorial Classic