Hawaii 5-0 Irwin Wins Fifth Straight

By Sports NetworkJanuary 30, 2005, 5:00 pm
KAHUKU, Hawaii -- Hale Irwin captured his sixth victory and fifth in a row at the Turtle Bay Championship on Sunday. He shot a 5-under 67 and won the event at 16-under-par 200, good for a five-shot win over Dana Quigley.
 
The win was Irwin's seventh in Hawaii, including the 1981 Hawaiian Open on the PGA Tour. Irwin also captured three unofficial Champions Skins Games in Hawaii.
 
'Turtle Bay has been really, really kind to me,' said Irwin, who pocketed $225,000 for his 41st victory on the Champions Tour. 'It must be in the air, or in the juice.'
 
Quigley and Allen Doyle, who began Sunday's final round in second place, battled it out for second place as Irwin essentially wrapped up the title around the turn. Quigley, who won the MasterCard Championship last week, shot a 69 to Doyle's 71 and Doyle shared third place with Tom Watson, who carded a 67 on Sunday, at minus-10.
 
Irwin began the final round with a two-shot lead and wasted little time in extending his margin. At the second, Irwin rolled in a right-to-left, 30-footer for birdie and followed with a 5-foot birdie putt at the third.
 
Irwin, the leader in Champions Tour victories by 12 over Lee Trevino, ran home an 8-foot birdie putt at the sixth. His play around the turn at the Palmer Course at Turtle Bay Resort sealed his trip to the winner's circle.
 
At the par-three eighth, Irwin converted a 12-foot birdie putt. He knocked a sand-wedge to 15 feet to set up birdie at the ninth, then drained a 20-footer for birdie at 10 that got him to 17 under par for the championship and gave him a seven-shot lead.
 
'I wanted to get off to a good start, which I did,' said Irwin. 'The big putts at nine and 10, even though the door was still open, after those putts it got real tight for some of the other players.'
 
Irwin played consistently over the back nine, although he did drop his first shot to par since the 15th on Friday with a bogey at the same hole. Despite the miscue at 15, Irwin still hung on to a five-shot advantage with the final two holes to play.
 
Irwin came up 35 feet short with his approach at No. 17, but calmly knocked in the 4-footer to save par. Then he watched the only drama left in the tournament, as playing partners Quigley and Doyle duked it out for runner-up honors on the par-5 closing hole.
 
The two were knotted at 11 under par and neither hit a good drive. Quigley hit his tee ball right into thick rough, while Doyle went left into water. Quigley chopped out his second and laid up short of the green. Doyle dropped and hit his third well back of the putting surface.
 
Quigley hit his fourth 3 feet short of the hole, while Doyle's approach sailed 25 feet past the cup. Doyle missed his par putt and tapped in for bogey, the Quigley sank his par putt to get second place.
 
Irwin played the 18th conservatively with a 3-wood off the tee and a lay up for his second shot. His third landed safely on the green and two-putted for par and his first win of the 2005 campaign.
 
'I hit every fairway but one, and hit every green. I didn't try to play as aggressively,' said Irwin. 'I'm very happy to have to done that five times in a row. I'm really grateful.'
 
Bruce Fleisher fired the round of the day Sunday with a 7-under 65. He tied for fifth with Jay Sigel (68), Dick Mast (69), Wayne Levi (69) and Don Pooley (70) at 9-under-par 207.
 
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    By Associated PressAugust 17, 2018, 12:50 am

    INDIANAPOLIS - Lizette Salas matched the Brickyard Crossing record with a 10-under 62 on Thursday in the Indy Women in Tech Championship, making birdie on the final three holes for a two-stroke lead over fast-starting Angel Yin and Japan's Nasa Hataoka.

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    Peterson confirms plans to play Web.com Finals

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    After flirting with retirement for much of the summer, John Peterson confirmed that he will give it one more shot in the upcoming Web.com Tour Finals.

    Peterson, 29, had planned to walk away from the game and begin a career in real estate in his native Texas if he failed to secure PGA Tour status before his medical extension expired. His T-13 finish last month at The Greenbrier appeared to be enough to net the former NCAA champ at least conditional status, but a closer look at the numbers revealed he missed out by 0.58 points in his last available start.


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    Lyle honored with sand sculpture at Wyndham

    By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 16, 2018, 9:00 pm

    Jarrod Lyle passed away last week at the age of 36 after losing his third battle with cancer.

    And after a PGA Championship filled with tributes to the Australian, the Wyndham Championship found its own way to keep his legacy alive at the North Carolina Tour stop.

    Next to the Wyndham Championship and PGA Tour logos carved into the sand on site at Sedgefield Country Club is Lyle's name and the "Leuk the Duck" mascot. The duck has become synonymous with Challenge, an organization that supports kids with cancer.

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    Lyle was also remembered in a more traditional manner on the first tee, where his bag and trademark yellow bucket hat were prominently displayed.