Irwin Takes Lead in Charles Schwab Cup

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04 SBC ChampionshipOne tournament before the Charles Schwab Championship, Hale Irwin has leapfrogged over Craig Stadler in the lead for the Charles Schwab Cup. Heading into the SBC Championship this week, the 59-year-old wonder clings to a narrow lead in the race for a $1 million annuity.
 
He got there via a playoff in the Admistaff Small Business Classic last week, albeit a losing one. Larry Nelson matched the largest comeback on the Champions Tour this season when he roared back from a seven-stroke deficit, then cleaned up the win with a five-foot birdie putt in the playoff.
 
Irwin inched closer to Stadler in the money race. Stadler, who has played in two fewer tournament, has won $2,192,066, whereas Irwin has won $1,912,697. Irwin is poised to surpass the $2 million mark for the seventh time in eight years on the tour. He is entered in the SBC this week and the Charles Schwab Championship the following week, which carries a guaranteed $24,000 for last place.
 
Irwin just keeps the pressure on the youngsters, despite being nearly 60. He battles back problems on a constant basis, but otherwise, hes in much the same condition as he was 10, or even 20, years ago.
 
I work at being in shape, he said. I'm proud of being in shape. I'm going to get in better shape. Genetically I've been blessed.
 
But then again there's a lot of work that's gone into it, too. It's not just by accident. I work on my game. I work on my physical health. I work on my mental well-being. When somebody is going to sit down and talk about being old, I leave the room, I don't want to hear it. It's not part of my vocabulary.
 
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