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It's another win for the ages for Irwin

Hale Irwin won for the first time since turning 60 in June, shooting a 4-under 68 at Pebble Beach in California yesterday for a one-stroke victory over three players in the Champions Tour's First Tee Open.

Irwin, a three-time winner this year and the tour's career leader with 43 victories, had a 13-under 203 total. The three-time US Open champion is the first player 60 or older to win since J.C. Snead in 2002.

''I hit a lot of very good golf shots this week," said Irwin, who earned $300,000. ''I'm not going to beat up my short game, but I had some putting difficulty. But I'm not complaining."

Irwin made a 10-foot birdie putt on No. 17 and closed with a par to hold off 2004 winner Craig Stadler (67), Morris Hatalsky (67), and Gil Morgan (69). Stadler and Hatalsky, playing two groups ahead of Irwin, both missed birdie putts on the 18th hole.

Arnold Palmer, likely playing his last competitive round at Pebble Beach, shot an 82 to finish at 29 over.

LPGA -- Pat Hurst, in a big boost for next weekend's Solheim Cup, won the State Farm Classic yesterday in Springfield, Ill., with a three-shot victory over defending champion Cristie Kerr.

Hurst ran off birdies on her first five holes, then overcame a shaky back nine on her way to a 2-under-par 70 to finish at 17 under. It was the fourth career victory for the 1995 LPGA rookie of the year.

Hurst, who will be playing in her third Solheim Cup, will be joined by Kerr as the Americans try to avenge their 2003 loss to the Europeans. The US holds a 5-3 edge in the series, but lost by the widest margin two years ago.

Natalie Gulbis finished four strokes back, tied with first-round leader Heather Bowie. US Women's Amateur champion Morgan Pressel tied for fifth with Maria Hjorth, five strokes back.

European -- Sergio Garcia won the European Masters by a stroke, chipping in for a birdie on the 16th hole in a 3-under-par 68 to hold off Peter Gustaffson in Crans-Sur-Sierre, Switzerland.

Garcia entered the day ahead by a stroke and finished at 14-under 270.

Asian -- Retief Goosen shot an 8-under-par 64 to win the China Masters in Beijing, with US Open champion Michael Campbell six strokes back as the runner-up. Goosen had a 29 on the first nine holes and finished 22 under.

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