Irwin leads the Senior Tour in money won by some $700,000 over the No. 2 man, Bob Gilder. Irwin has won $2,604,041 to Gilders $1,944,462. And Gilder has played in 30 tournaments while Irwin has played in just 24. Irwin earns $108,501 each time he starts, while No. 2 Gilder is earning $40,000 less per start at $64,815.
Second in money earned per start is Bruce Lietzke, who has played just 20 times but is making $72,000 a start. Lietzke has made $1,438,581 this year.
Irwin stands third in the all-around category behind Tom Kite and Morris Hatalsky, but he has won four times. He is second in putting behind Ben Crenshaw, but leads in scoring average by almost a stroke, averaging 68.78 per round to Fleishers 69.54.
The tournament, held in an exotic locale in Hawaii, will begin Friday and runs through Sunday.