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Despite meltdown, Irwin recovers for first win of '03

Updated: May 11, 2003, 10:15 PM ET
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas -- A whiff, a triple bogey and a playoff. What a way for Hale Irwin to win the inaugural Kinko's Classic.

Irwin recovered from a front-nine mental meltdown that included a ball tossed into a creek in anger and a whiff on a tap-in -- reminiscent of his gaffe at the 1983 British Open -- to win his first Champions Tour title of the season Sunday with a birdie on the second playoff hole with Tom Watson.

''Call it an airball,'' Irwin said afterward, seemingly amazed that ...

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