Irwin adds to Senior record

Aug. 11, 2002 at 7:32 PM

BLAINE, Minn., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Hale Irwin cruised to his third title of the season and 35th on the Senior PGA Tour Sunday, carding a 4-under-par 68 for a three-stroke victory at the 3M Championship.

Irwin began the day in a tie for the lead with club pro James Mason but birdied the second and third holes to pull away on a bogey-free day at the TPC of the Twin Cities.

The winningest golfer in Senior Tour history, Irwin finished the 54-hole tournament at 12-under 204, good enough for his first title since March. He had lost a pair of playoffs in his previous three starts.

Mason bogeyed the seventh, eighth and 13th holes as his bid for a second career title hit a road block. He carded a 72, sinking a birdie at the 18th hole to salvage a tie for third at 8-under 208.

Hubert Green, who last week defeated Irwin in a seven-hole playoff, shot a 67 to finish alone in second at 9-under 207. Doug Tewell also carded a 67 and tied Mason for third.

Allen Doyle and Bob Gilder shared fifth at 209.

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