Irwin Plays the Numbers Game


Champions TourHale Irwin has won the same tournament on multiple occasions 12 times in his illustrious Champions Tour career. He added the Toshiba Classic to that list last year.
Irwin, who first won the event in 1998, shot weekend rounds of 64-65 to ease past 2000 champion Allen Doyle by five shots.
Now, Irwin will try and add the Toshiba to the list of events hes won at least three times. The 57-year-old has won three tournaments three times, and has captured the Turtle Bay Championship four times.
But doing that would be secondary to what he really wants to accomplish ' winning anywhere this season.
Irwin has a pair of runner-up finishes in five starts, but hasnt picked up a trophy. He has won at least two events per season ' and 36 overall ' since joining the 50-and-over circuit in 1995.
He has only twice (1999 and 2000) gone more than five starts at the beginning of the year without a victory.
This is the ninth playing of this event, and the eighth time it has been held at the par-71 Newport Beach Country Club in Newport Beach, Calif.
The purse is $1.55 million, with $232,500 going to the winner.
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