Constellation Energy Classic adds 3-time Open champ Irwin

Golf

September 14, 2004|By Don Markus | Don Markus,SUN STAFF

Another of golf's big names is coming to Baltimore later this month for the Constellation Energy Classic.

Hale Irwin, a three-time U.S. Open champion who has won 40 events on the Champions Tour, informed tournament officials that he would join the field at Hayfields Country Club in Hunt Valley for the $1.6 million event, scheduled for Sept. 27-Oct. 3.

Irwin will be added to a list that includes eight-time PGA Tour major champion Tom Watson, defending champion Larry Nelson, reigning Senior Open champion Peter Jacobsen and Senior British Open champion Pete Oakley.

"While we already have a stellar field lined up for the Constellation Energy Classic, we couldn't be more thrilled to be adding Hale Irwin's name to the roster of committed players," tournament director Joe Rotellini said in a statement. "We're optimistic with Hale Irwin joining the field, one or two more of his chief rivals for the Charles Schwab Cup will commit before the deadline of Sept. 24."

Irwin is in second place on this year's Schwab Cup points list behind Craig Stadler. Irwin has won twice this season.

Proceeds from the tournament will be distributed through the Baltimore Classic Fund to four Maryland-based charities: the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Living Classrooms Foundation and the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins. Last year the tournament raised more than $300,000 for charity.

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