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CHAMPIONS TOUR Irwin wins fifth straight Turtle Bay title

Published: Mon, January 31, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.

KAHUKU, Hawaii (AP) -- Hale Irwin became the first player to win a men's professional tour event five straight times Sunday, easily holding off Dana Quigley by five strokes in the Champions Tour's Turtle Bay Championship.

The 59-year-old Irwin closed with a 5-under 67 for a record 16-under 200 total.

Irwin pushed his tour-record victory total to 41.

The three-time U.S. Open champion had shared the mark of four straight victories in an event with Tiger Woods (Bay Hill Invitational, 2000-03), Gene Sarazen (Miami Open, 1926, 1928-30), Walter Hagen (PGA Championship, 1924-27) and Tom Morris Jr. (British Open, 1868-70, 1872).

With the trade wind kicking in, Irwin masterfully controlled the Turtle Bay Resort's balmy, oceanside Palmer Course, breaking his own tournament mark of 11-under 205 set in 2001. He earned $225,000.

The Hall of Famer, coming off a third-place tie last week in the season-opening MasterCard Championship on the Big Island, and has won eight official events in the islands dating to the PGA Tour's 1981 Hawaiian Open, earning nearly $3.9 million.

Irwin took away any suspense early, carding five birdies on the front nine to make the turn at 31 and take a commanding six-stroke lead, leaving the rest of the field fighting for second place.

Quigley, the MasterCard winner, shot a 69.


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