Thursday, August 31, 2000

Irwin, Trevino commit to Kroger Classic

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Hale Irwin, winner of three tournaments on the Senior PGA Tour this year, and Lee Trevino committed Wednesday to the Kroger Senior Classic presented by Firstar.

        Irwin and Trevino's commitments mean 23 of the top 25 money winners on the Senior PGA Tour are scheduled to play in the Kroger Senior Classic, which will take place Sept.11-17 at the Golf Center at Kings Island.

        “You look at the Kroger tournament, and it's the strongest field we've had on the tour this year outside the majors,” said Tim Finchem, PGA Commissioner. “I think it's a tribute to how the players love playing in Cincinnati and the good time everyone has.”

        Irwin has won nearly $18 million playing professional golf, including 20 PGA Tour wins and 28 Senior PGA Tour titles. He is second on the money list this year and has the tour's best scoring average.

        Irwin finished fourth in last year's Kroger Senior Classic behind winner Gil Morgan, who is returning to defend his title. Morgan and Irwin have dueled several times this season and over their Senior PGA Tour careers.

        “There are so many great golfers in the Kroger tournament, so it should make for some fantastic head-to-head match-ups,” Irwin said. “You look at Bruce Fleisher and Larry Nelson and Dana Quigley, and any of those guys could win.”

        Fleisher leads the money list with $2 million in earnings this year, followed by Irwin's $1.8 million and Nelson at $1.7 million.

        Trevino, who finished tied for seventh at last year's Kroger Senior Classic to take home $47,000, is third on the Senior PGA's all-time money list with $12.6 million in winnings.

        Eighty-seven players are committed to the $1.4 million tournament, which will be shown on ESPN.


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