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By Steve Virgen | March 7, 2008
NEWPORT BEACH — World Hall of Fame golfer Hale Irwin withdrew from the Toshiba Classic Thursday morning because his mother died. Bruce Vaughan will replace Irwin, the Toshiba tournament’s only two-time winner. With 45 titles, Irwin is the most successful player in Champions Tour history. He won his first Toshiba Classic title in 1998, using a final round nine-under-par 62 to vault 11 players and claim a one-shot victory. In 2002, he set a then-tournament record 196 and his five-shot victory was larger than the past six winners combined.
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By Steve Virgen | March 5, 2007
Was that the real Hale Irwin in 2006? Was that the golf great experiencing two nightmarish finishes in Florida, Feb. of 2006, and never quite recovering? Was that really him? Irwin would like to think it wasn't. It isn't often he describes a year as disappointing. But Florida proved cruel to Hale Irwin last year and for once he did not know how to react. "I had two tournaments in Florida, back-to-back, where I had chances to win, but lost both because of poor play at the end," said Irwin, who did not win an event last year for the first time since joining the Champions Tour in 1995 and saw his streak of seasons with at least $1 million in winnings end at 10. "I let that disappointment carry through.
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March 5, 2007
WHEN March 5-11, 2007 PURSE $1.65 million. The winner gets $247,500 SITE Neport Beach Country Club, par 71, 6,584 yards TICKETS Good Any One Day (advance purchase): $18 Single Day (admission gate): $20 Season Clubhoust Badge (grounds and clubhouse): $100 Corporate ticket packages also available WEBSITE www.toshibaclassic.com TELEVISION Friday: 2-4:30 p.m. (The Golf Channel)
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March 21, 2003
What Toshiba Senior Classic When March 21-23, 2003 Players Eighty-one PGA Champions Tour professionals, led by defending champion Hale Irwin Format Three rounds (54 holes), stroke play with no cuts Purse $1.55 million, up from $1.5 million in 2002. The winner will receive $232,500. Site (Since 1996) Newport Beach Country Club 1600 East Pacific Coast Highway Newport Beach, CA Par: 35-36 -- 71; 6,584 yards Tickets Advance-purchase Good-Any-One-Day exchangeable coupon, $15 Single Day Ticket, Monday through Sunday (admission gate prices)
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March 17, 2002
The Toshiba Senior Classic golf tournament couldn't have hoped for better results last week. Not only did the weather cooperate, but the sun also shined on the donation presented to Hoag Hospital. For the third consecutive year -- a Senior Tour record -- the event raised $1 million, which was sent to the hospital for its Women's Pavilion. Given the economic climate this year, the grand sum should be even more appreciated. Since Hoag became the tournament's lead charity five years ago, the event has raised $4.7 million for it. Overall, we once again appreciate and praise the event for its generous donation and for providing a wonderful show, one that Hale Irwin -- now a two-time Toshiba champion -- has again bested.
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March 11, 2005
INS AND OUTS OF THE TOURNAMENT A parking map, schedule of events and facts and figures of the 11th annual Toshiba Senior Classic, which will be played at Newport Beach Country Club next week, provides everything the golf fan would want heading into the PGA Champions Tour event. Page A3 PURTZER FEATURE Defending Toshiba Senior Classic champion Tom Purtzer has a bad back and issues with the Champions Tour's new no-cart policy, but he's off to a fast start this season.
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January 25, 2006
Defending champion to return, along with previous winners Hale Irwin and Gary McCord.Tournament officials have announced the first group of early commitments for the 2006 Toshiba Classic. The PGA Champions Tour golf tournament, now in its 12th year, will be held March 13 to 19 at the Newport Beach Country Club. Tickets are now available for the tournament, previously known as the Toshiba Senior Classic. The field is led by defending champion Mark Johnson. A former beer truck driver, Johnson won last year's tourney in style by knocking in a 91-yard approach shot from the rough on the 18th hole.
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March 23, 2003
Like the temperature at the beach when the sun goes down in early spring, scores were dropping fast Saturday in the second round of the Toshiba Senior Classic at Newport Beach Country Club. Australian Rodger Davis, one of the more popular and colorful players on the PGA European and Australasian tours, has never won in the United States, but hopes to change that today as he takes a two-stroke into today's final round of the PGA Champions Tour event. A winner of 33 titles worldwide, Davis led the way in blitzing the golf course for a second straight day as he carded a 7-under-par 64. Not only is it the first time the 51-year-old has enjoyed a lead on the Champions Tour after 36 holes, he established the best 36-hole total in tournament history with a 129, breaking the old mark of 130 by Terry Mauney two years ago. Davis leads the field of 81 players by two strokes, ahead of first-round leader Jim Ahern, who shot 67 in the second round to move to 11-under 131. David Eger and 2001 Toshiba Senior Classic champion Jose Maria Canizares are tied for third at 10-under, ahead of defending Toshiba Classic winner Hale Irwin and John Jacobs, who are tied at 9-under.
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By Steve Virgen | March 10, 2012
There was a bit of an awkward silence when I delivered the final question to the great Hale Irwin during a phone interview last week. Irwin was asked when the last time he won on the Champions Tour, for golfers 50 and older. For a moment I thought he would tell me he was done with winning and content with all that he had accomplished. Perish that thought. "It's been several years," Irwin said of his last win, which was five years ago. "I'm anxious to try to get back in the winner's circle.
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By Tony Lee | March 6, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — Hale Irwin says he could have shot lower than his four-under-par 67 if not for Saturday’s weather delay. Irwin said for whatever reason he is “not a real good stop and goer,” but the only two-time champion of the Toshiba Classic is tied for 14th and still in contention at the age of 64. “I was playing pretty well until we had that delay,” Irwin said of Saturday’s 71-minute rain delay...
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February 23, 2010
Toshiba Classic organizers are hoping for a Sweet Sixteen when the tournament takes place March 5 to 7 at Newport Beach Country. If the tournament is anything like the first 15 years, everyone should be happy. Argentina’s Eduardo Romero capped it with his 11-under-par 202 victory last year, when he had 17 birdies in his three rounds. Romero, known as “El Gato (the cat),” will try to become the first repeat winner of the Toshiba Classic. That would add to the tournament’s rich history.
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By John Reger | February 24, 2009
This is the 15th year for the Toshiba Classic and it seems like the previous 14 tournaments have yielded some memorable moments. I have taken the top 10 of them.   No. 10: Canizares-Morgan Playoff — It appeared Dr. Gil Morgan was eyeing a victory at the 2001 event, but Jose Maria Canizares overcame a five-shot deficit to force a playoff with Morgan. It looked like Canizares would end the playoff on the first hole, but lipped out his birdie putt. He had lip outs on the next three holes.
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By Steve Virgen | March 7, 2008
NEWPORT BEACH — World Hall of Fame golfer Hale Irwin withdrew from the Toshiba Classic Thursday morning because his mother died. Bruce Vaughan will replace Irwin, the Toshiba tournament’s only two-time winner. With 45 titles, Irwin is the most successful player in Champions Tour history. He won his first Toshiba Classic title in 1998, using a final round nine-under-par 62 to vault 11 players and claim a one-shot victory. In 2002, he set a then-tournament record 196 and his five-shot victory was larger than the past six winners combined.
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By Steve Virgen | March 11, 2007
NEWPORT BEACH — The ball rolled seemingly perfect toward the cup, but, in the end, No. 17 proved cruel to Tim Simpson. Just when it looked it would go in, the ball hit the lip, rocked to the right and actually went uphill to miss. Simpson appeared deflated. He squatted and his chin hit his chest. "It was one in a million that it wouldn't go in," said Simpson, who shot a five-under-par 66 on his second round Saturday at the Toshiba Classic at Newport Beach Country Club.
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By STEVE VIRGEN | March 9, 2007
If you're wondering, yes, this is the first Toshiba Classic I've covered since I've been at the Daily Pilot. It's been fun, but I wanted to add a bit more entertainment. Just to be sure, it's not gambling. Four of us at the Pilot, are playing in a fantasy tournament based on the Toshiba Classic. We're not playing for money. We're playing for pride, and rest assured if I win, I will let them know about it. I already let them know that they made a big mistake letting Jay Haas fall to me in the second round, the seventh pick overall.
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By Dominic Perrone | March 5, 2007
As it enters its 13th installment, the Toshiba Classic at Newport Beach Country Club has proven to be more than a nice place to play some golf. The tournament has provided its share of drama in all forms, with nearly a quarter of the finishes being decided in sudden death playoffs, two of which were extended to nine holes. All the factors have added up to an increasing desire for the tour's top golfers to make the trip. Now let's take a trip down the 18-hole memory lane.
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March 5, 2007
WHEN March 5-11, 2007 PURSE $1.65 million. The winner gets $247,500 SITE Neport Beach Country Club, par 71, 6,584 yards TICKETS Good Any One Day (advance purchase): $18 Single Day (admission gate): $20 Season Clubhoust Badge (grounds and clubhouse): $100 Corporate ticket packages also available WEBSITE www.toshibaclassic.com TELEVISION Friday: 2-4:30 p.m. (The Golf Channel)
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By Steve Virgen | March 5, 2007
Was that the real Hale Irwin in 2006? Was that the golf great experiencing two nightmarish finishes in Florida, Feb. of 2006, and never quite recovering? Was that really him? Irwin would like to think it wasn't. It isn't often he describes a year as disappointing. But Florida proved cruel to Hale Irwin last year and for once he did not know how to react. "I had two tournaments in Florida, back-to-back, where I had chances to win, but lost both because of poor play at the end," said Irwin, who did not win an event last year for the first time since joining the Champions Tour in 1995 and saw his streak of seasons with at least $1 million in winnings end at 10. "I let that disappointment carry through.
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