2001: Irwin capitalizes on Jacobs’ error

Monday, November 28, 2011

Kahuku, Hawaii

The old saying is the tournament doesn’t begin until the back nine Sunday.

For Hale Irwin and John Jacobs, the Turtle Bay Championship was decided on No. 9.

“Nine was big,” Irwin said. “JJ hit a poor tee shot, and I was able to get back the two shots I just lost to him at No. 7. The momentum changed at nine and then it was my tournament to lose.”

Irwin held on, finishing with a 68 Oct. 7 for an 11-under 205 and three-shot victory over Jacobs at the Turtle Bay Resort’s Palmer Course. Irwin won $225,000.

On the ninth hole, Jacobs knocked his drive into the water and finished with a bogey, while Irwin rolled in a 12-foot birdie.

“The ninth hole was the difference,” Jacobs said. “You can’t win when you make mental errors, and I did that at nine. I misjudged the wind.

“If I could have birdied, I think I could have caught Hale. I had my chances, but you’ve got to shoot better than 69 to beat Hale.”

Jacobs did get to within one stroke with birdies on Nos. 12 and 14. Irwin stretched the victory margin to three with closing birdies on Nos. 17 and 18.

The victory was the 32nd of Irwin’s Senior Tour career. Irwin won this event last year as the Kaanapali Classic. The event moved to Turtle Bay this year after 14 years on Maui.

Irwin, who represents the Kapalua Resort, earned his fourth official Senior Tour victory in Hawaii. He also has won two Senior Tour Skins Games in Hawaii and the 1981 Hawaiian Open.

The second-place finish was the season-best for Jacobs, who has five top-10 finishes this year. Terry Mauney, who tied for third with Allen Doyle, had his career-best finish.

– From staff and wire reports

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