Pro golfer Hale Irwin no longer carries any good-luck charms or sentimental objects in his bag when he plays, but he used to — at least for a little while.
Irwin, in Omaha this week for the U.S. Senior Open, recalled when he was playing in the U.S. Open at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York in 1974. While shopping at a local store, he received a buffalo-head nickel in some change he got back.
“I used that nickel that week as a ball-marker,” Irwin said.
He won, the first of three U.S. Open titles in his career.
“I figured if it works for the Open, I’ll try it for a few more weeks,” he said. “Then, inadvertently, I spent it, just like I had found it. And I couldn’t get it back. So that was the end of that.”