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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