Old Man Irwin Just Keeps Rolling Along


Hes 57 years old, but hes still regularly beating men of 50. Hale Irwin just keeps rolling along, after the Allen Doyles and Bruce Fleishers and Larry Nelsons have all fired their best seasons and then faded back into the shadows. He won the Turtle Bay Championship last year, hes getting ready to play this week when the field tees it up there, and he may still be winning when hes 70.
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.