Originally created 01/30/05

Irwin takes two-stroke lead at Turtle Bay



KAHUKU, Hawaii - Four-time defending champion Hale Irwin shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over Allen Doyle after two rounds of the Turtle Bay Championship.

The 59-year-old Irwin is trying to win his fifth straight and sixth overall victory at Turtle Bay, the Champions Tour's first full-field event of the year.

Irwin had six birdies in a steady round, moving to 11-under 133. He got a big break on the 161-yard, par-3 13th after his tee shot landed short in a bunker. Irwin holed the bunker shot to reach 9 under and tie Gil Morgan (69).

Doyle also played a bogey-free round, getting three birdies on the front nine and two on the back for a 5-under 67 and a 9-under 135 total.

Dana Quigley, coming off a win at the MasterCard Championship last week, shot a 68 and was tied for third with Keith Fergus (69) and Morgan, three strokes back

Don Pooley (67) and Larry Nelson (68) were at 137.

Morgan took sole possession of the lead with an eagle on the 433-yard, No. 4, reaching 8 under. He bogeyed the 11th to fall into a three-way tie with Irwin and Doyle, but rebounded with a birdie at the 12th.

It was overcast, humid and virtually windless day, setting up the Turtle Bay's oceanside Palmer Course for birdies.