Say what you want about Champions (Seniors) Tour Golf, but I and many others enjoy seeing the familiar post 50 year old legends of the game still post great rounds and scores and create excitement on their own circuit.
And with the 2017 season starting up, a lot people will be paying attention to Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie and new rookies like David Toms, John Daly and even, Jose Maria Olazabal who we detailed made his debut in Boca Raton, FL, Friday. And, rightfully, so.
However, after Friday’s opening round of the Allianz Championship, I was particularly impressed, when I saw one score: Hale Irwin, 68 (-4), Tied currently for 9th.
Think about it, no matter how well anyone on any other Tour has or will play this week, who else played that well and beat their age by three shots?! Irwin had five birdies and a lone bogey on the par 72 “Old Course” at Broken Sound Club to start his weekend.
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Hale, if you didn’t know, has won more Champions Tour events than any player, since the Tour’s creation in the 1980’s. Try 45 of them! And over $27 million won in his “second career.” And this includes a total over 200 appearances in the top 10 of tourneys. WOW.
I know, I know. Bernd Wiesberger got on a roll Friday afternoon in Malaysia and made a staggering nine birdies in a row at one point in the Maybank Championship. And John Rahm had it rolling at Pebble Beach with six straight biridies at the AT & T Friday.
But, I still want to be able to take the club back and hit it 125 yards down a fairway at 71 years old, much less break 80 and can’t fathom shooting a 68!
Call me nostalgic. Call me soft. But also, call me impressed that “Give’em Hale” was back at it on Friday and Friday playing well.