Hale Irwin pulls out of U.S. Open

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Olympia Fields, IL (Sports Network) - Hale Irwin, a three-time U.S. Open champion playing this week on a special exemption, withdrew from the 103rd U.S. Open Championship Thursday because of back spasms. Irwin, who was one-over par on his round, pulled out after hitting a horrible approach on the 12th hole at Olympia Fields Country Club. He notified the official walking with his group and left playing partners and Peter Lonard to complete their round. After he withdrew, Irwin laid in a golf cart with his knees in the air before medical personnel drove him off thecourse. Irwin, the leading money winner this year on the Champions Tour, won the U.S. Open in 1974, 1979 and became the oldest winner of the event in 1990, when at the age of 45, he took the title the last time the championship was contested in the Chicago area at Medinah Country Club.

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