Golf On Tour: Hale Irwin Shows Age is No Barrier to Staying Competitive in Golf
Hale Irwin played some great golf on the 2011 Champions Tour in his mid sixties and shows us all the importance of maintaining our health and fitness and a strong, competitive drive so we can continue to tap into our awesome potential.
In 2011 he played in 21 tournaments and made the cut in every event. He had 7 top ten finishes and earnings of $624,811. I believe that Hale Irwin has been a consistent and competitive professional golfer for a long time because his golf swing and approach to the playing the game has been kept simple. His technique hasn’t got shorter or changed much in forty years and he has kept his short-game sharp.
He never overpowers his golf swing and his timing and tempo has remained consistent. His basic shot-shape is the fade and this ball flight allows him to control the direction and distance of his shots with precision and consistency.
Hale Irwin had 20 victories on the PGA Tour beginning with the 1971 Sea Pines Heritage Classic and finishing with the 1994 MCI Heritage Golf Classic, and won prize money of just under six million dollars. His 1994 Heritage win at the age of nearly 49 made him one of the oldest winners in Tour history.
He also won two Piccadilly World Match Play Championships at Wentworth in the 1970s. His successes kept him ranked high among his peers – he was ranked among the top five in Official World Golf Rankings for a few weeks in 1991.
Irwin qualified to play on the over-50 Champions Tour (formerly the Senior PGA Tour) in 1995 and has enjoyed even greater success at this level than he did on the PGA Tour.
He has won 45 Champions Tour titles and tops the all-time Champions Tour money list with earnings of over USD $23 million. He was the winner of the U.S. Senior Open in 1998 and 2000. Irwin was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1992.
A truly great golfer Hale Irwin inspires us all to keep working hard at our golf and at the same time keeping it simple and fundamentally consistent.
Until next time,
Lawrie Montague – Golf Confidence Pro