Hale's Hawaii: Irwin's history in the Aloha State

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Eight of Hale Irwin's record 45 Champions Tour wins have come in Hawaii.
September 07, 2012
Mark Williams, Champions Tour staff

Hale Irwin has an affinity for Hawaii. He represented the Kapalua Resort for several years during his career. The 1981 Hawaiian Open at Waialae CC was just one of his 20 TOUR wins. He has eight Champions Tour victories, and three runner-up finishes, in Hawaii. He also has course design projects underway in Hawaii.

Irwin has a record 45 wins on the Champions Tour and his 45th victory came at the 2007 MasterCard Championship at Hualalai.

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The Pacific Links Hawaii Championship (Sept. 10-16) will be the 39th official Champions Tour event to be held in Hawaii, and Irwin's 29th in the Aloha State since he became eligible upon turning 50 in 1995. He holds the record for the most victories in a single event on the Champions Tour, winning the Kaanapali Classic (which became the Turtle Bay Championship) six times, five consecutively.

In his first 21 Champions Tour events in Hawaii, Irwin finished either first or second 11 times. During a period from late 2003 to early 2006, Irwin scored 13 consecutive rounds in the 60s in Hawaiian tournaments. He's won a total of $2,446,937 in his 28 events and he's played 5,809 shots and is 226-under par for that stretch -- which equates to a scoring average of 69.15. He's shot 62 of his 84 tournament rounds below par.

His poorest "collect" in the islands came at Turtle Bay in 2006 when he finished down the list and earned $7,500. A year later, on his next visit to Hawaii, he won at Hualalai and earned his biggest check in paradise - $290,000.

"It's hard to put your finger on it," said Irwin, when questioned about his great success in Hawaii. "Other than there's something about the air, the people, in the land. It's sort of like coming home. It's always a treat."

Irwin is also the only player in the 11-year history of the season-long Charles Schwab Cup to claim the trophy at a tournament other than the season-ending event. Significantly, his Cup-clinching victory came in Hawaii, at the 2002 Turtle Bay Championship, which was the 32nd of 35 events that season.

"Hawaii has been great for me during my career, particularly my Champions Tour career," added Irwin. "So any chance I get to go to Hawaii to play golf is great news."

Date Event Finish Rd. 1 2 3 Total To Par Earnings
10/27/96 Kaanapali Classic 2 63 66 70 199 -14 $57,200.00
1/19/97 MasterCard Championship 1 73 68 68 209 -7 $186,000.00
10/19/97 Kaanapali Classic 1 67 63 70 200 -13 $127,500.00
1/18/98 MasterCard Championship T2 69 68 64 201 -15 $107,250.00
10/25/98 Kaanapali Classic T16 73 70 65 208 -5 $15,525.00
1/24/99 MasterCard Championship T23 68 75 71 214 -2 $12,687.50
10/24/99 EMC Kaanapali Classic T3 66 71 66 203 -10 $55,000.00
1/23/00 MasterCard Championship T2 68 69 72 209 -7 $88,875.00
10/22/00 EMC Kaanapali Classic 1 71 62 65 198 -15 $165,000.00
1/21/01 MasterCard Championship T12 69 73 68 210 -6 $31,625.00
10/07/01 Turtle Bay Championship 1 69 68 68 205 -11 $225,000.00
1/20/02 MasterCard Championship T24 73 68 75 216 E $17,500.00
10/06/02 Turtle Bay Championship P1 69 69 70 208 -8 $225,000.00
2/02/03 MasterCard Championship T16 66 71 71 208 -8 $25,500.00
10/12/03 Turtle Bay Championship 1 68 73 67 208 -8 $225,000.00
1/25/04 MasterCard Championship T19 69 68 69 206 -10 $23,000.00
1/23/05 MasterCard Championship T3 69 65 65 199 -17 $110,000.00
1/30/05 Turtle Bay Championship 1 67 66 67 200 -16 $225,000.00
1/22/06 MasterCard Championship T21 68 69 69 206 -10 $21,500.00
1/29/06 Turtle Bay Championship T38 73 77 70 220 +4 $7,500.00
1/21/07 MasterCard Championship 1 66 62 65 193 -23 $290,000.00
1/28/07 Turtle Bay Championship T28 74 67 69 210 -6 $12,672.00
1/20/08 MasterCard Championship T30 72 70 68 210 -6 $14,750.00
1/27/08 Turtle Bay Championship T32 72 72 77 221 +5 $10,102.86
1/25/09 Mitsubishi Electric T11 65 67 74 206 -10 $47,000.00
1/24/10 Mitsubishi Electric 5 67 67 68 202 -14 $96,000.00
1/23/11 Mitsubishi Electric T30 69 73 67 209 -7 $14,750.00
1/22/12 Mitsubishi Electric 41 79 73 77 229 +13 $10,000.00
TOTAL 28 events 8 wins 69.35 68.92 69.28 5,809 -226 $2,446,937 ($87,390 per start)

Here's hoping Irwin's trip to the Aloha State in September is again memorable.

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