Irwin beats Watson in playoff

Hale Irwin won Kinko's Classic golf event to win his first Champions Tour title of the season.

Updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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Austin:Hale Irwin recovered from a front-nine mental meltdown at the Kinko's Classic to win his first Champions Tour title of the season with a birdie on the second playoff hole with Tom Watson. Irwin and Watson both shot 1-over 73 in the final round on Sunday and finished at 8-under 208 after they both birdied the 18th hole of regulation, snapping what had been a four-way tie with Tom Kite and Bob Gilder. Irwin and Watson both parred No. 18 on the first playoff hole, but Watson nearly won it when his bunker shot for birdie lipped out. Then they headed back to the par-3 16th, the course's signature waterfall hole. Watson's birdie attempt curled short about two inches out. Irwin then sank an 8-footer for the win. Watson won the 1983 British Open, beating Irwin by a stroke. It was the first tour event of the season to go to a playoff, and Irwin is the 11th different winner in 11 Champions Tour events this year. (AP)

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