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Irwin out of US Senior Open with bad back

Two-time U.S. Senior Open champion Hale Irwin dropped out of this week's tournament on Monday because of a back injury.

Irwin's back has been bothering him off and on for several weeks. It forced him to pull out of the U.S. Open two weeks ago when his back ``seized up'' after a tee shot.

A member of the Hall of Fame, the 58-year-old Irwin won the U.S. Open in 1974, 1979 and 1990.

His victory in 1979 came at the Inverness Club, which is hosting the Senior Open.

He won the Senior Open in 1998 and 2000 and finished in a tie for 11th last year.

Irwin has 30 victories on the PGA Tour and 37 as a senior. His combined career earnings of almost $30 million are second only to Tiger Woods.


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