Annika Sorenstam broke 60, shooting a 59 at the Standard Register Ping in Phoenix. Tiger Woods won for the first time in 2001, nipping Phil Mickelson on the final hole at Bay Hill. And out in the West, Hale Irwin was doing something in relative anonymity, winning the Siebel Classic in San Jose, Cal.
That was equally important as the other two as far as Senior Tour aficionados were concerned. Irwins win, you see, was the 30th of his Senior Tour career. That broke a record that had stood since 1995, Lee Trevinos mark of 29 wins.
Trevino wasnt around when Irwin broke his record. He showed up and started the Siebel, but he was forced to withdraw during the opening round. A back spasm dropped him to his knees while he was preparing to play his second shot at the 13th.
Irwin won with a final-round 65, which gave him a five-stroke win over Tom Watson and Allen Doyle. Six players were tightly bunched within one shot of each other when Irwin carded an eagle on the fourth hole on Sunday. He added birdies at Nos. 7 and 8, and was never headed.
Irwin limited his schedule greatly this spring because his daughter, Becky, gave birth to Irwins first grandchild. Then he called a timeout to get in the record books.
Trevino, incidentally, had held the record for almost six years. He broke Miller Barbers mark with his 25th win late in 1995. He had gone a year without a victory since having his neck and shoulder surgically repaired earlier in the season, getting past the hump of No. 24.
Irwin won twice in his rookie year in 1995, the same year that Trevino broke Barbers record. He won twice in 1996 before breaking through in 1997 with nine victories.
He won seven times in 98, five times at 99 and four in 2000 to complete his string. He won three additional times in 2001, making the record 32.