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Jimmy Walker

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (39) / 1/16/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 180

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Jimmy Walker flashed up the leaderboard early in round one of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, styling a 5-under-par 35-32=67 to claim the early title of clubhouse lead as the afternoon wave takes to the course.
The Texan is making his first appearance at Bay Hill since a T8 in 2013 but it's easy to see why he wants to play this week. After struggling during his battle with Lyme disease he's now rattled off top 35s in three of his last four starts. Keeping that good form rolling today, he traded four birdies with one bogey before reaching the par-4 18th. He saved the best for last as he holed out from 132 yards for an unconventional eagle. That eagle gave Walker sole possession of the early clubhouse lead. If it holds by day's end then it'd be Walker's fifth career first-round lead/co-lead, first since last year's WGC-Mexico Championship. He converted one of those leads into a win (2016 PGA Championship) but has also finished outside the top 20 in two of those. Mar 15 - 1:34 PM

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Jimmy Walker built up a big lead during round two of the Valspar Championship before giving all those strokes back, carding an even-par 38-33=71, good for an early seat inside the top 10 on 2-under 140.

The Texan kicked off his day on the 10th tee and blitzed the back nine with four birdies in his opening five holes. That included a 36'2" bunker hole out at the 10th and a 17'7" splash at the 11th. Walker found himself at 6-under at the time, easily good for first place, but it was all downhill from there. The Texan dropped four shots on his way into the clubhouse including a missed 3'5" putt at the 6th which may have stung the most. Despite the sour finish, Walker has to feel great about the opening 36 holes here in Palm Harbor, Florida. Playing his way back into form from Lyme disease, Walker has now recorded rounds of par or better in seven of his last 12 rounds on TOUR.
Mar 9 - 1:07 PM

Jimmy Walker continues to show glimpses of a return to form, peddling a 2-under-par 35-34=69 during round one of the Valspar Championship, just two strokes off the lead set by Corey Conners.

Still working his way back from Lyme disease, piecing together bogey-free rounds has not been easy for Walker over the past year. Battling with blustery conditions at Innisbrook Resort, the wind was no match for this Texan as he carded 16 pars and 2 birdies. The highlight of the round came early at the par-3 fourth where he nearly aced the 189-yard hole, tapping in from inside two feet. Just as important were two clutch par-savers coming down the home stretch, both from just outside 10 feet. Gamers should continue to monitor the form of Walker as the game appears to be rounding back into shape.
Mar 8 - 6:18 PM

Jimmy Walker rolls into the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club this week looking to make his second consecutive cut.

Walker missed the cut in each of his first three events this season, but he has turned things around with cuts made in three of the past four tournaments. That includes a cut made and a 33rd-place finish at The Honda Classic last weekend in Florida. This is his first appearance at Copperhead since the 2013 season when he had a respectable 30th-place showing. He has made the cut in three of his past four events at the course, including a 16th-place finish in 2010.
Mar 7 - 5:01 AM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, past champ and World No. 84 Jimmy Walker fashioned a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am to finish up on 10-under 277, up 32 spots to T9 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, Walker finished a season-best T8.

After kicking off with 68-69-73, the 2014 winner began T41 on 5-under, four short of the overnight top 10. He found 10 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, losing 1.008 strokes off-the-tee but gaining 3.002 approaching-the-green. The 39-year-old circled seven birdies at 10, 14, 18, 2 and 4-6, offset slightly by a double bogey-6 at 3. He recorded 1.667 putts per GIR and 1.750 SG: Putting with 28 total putts. This was the Baylor product's 11th AT&T, seventh top 25 and possibly a fifth top 10. He improves to 2-for-5 on the season, arriving off a T63 at the Farmers two weeks ago. If the top 10 holds, it'll be Walker's first since T9 at the SBS TOC 13 months ago.
Feb 11 - 4:43 PM

Jimmy Walker (illness) hits the links at the Sony Open in Hawaii this week, his first competitive event since the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open last fall.

Walker has been battling Lyme disease for nearly a year now, but he appears to be stronger and ready to go. "Physically 80-90 percent. Mentally hard to say. Lyme fog; you can read about it," Walker said. "I am excited to play. Been a while. Nervous. I've put on 10 pounds since September. Been eating good." He is certainly a player you can cheer for this week, but he is a risky play for fantasy purposes due to the potential of rust after a lengthy layoff. Walker is also a risky pick since he missed the cut in this event last January. He has been all over the board in this event lately, too. He missed the cut last season, but also won the event in back-to-back years in 2014 and 2015.
Jan 10 - 2:29 AM

Jimmy Walker returns from a break that lasted more than two months as he turns his attention toward TPC Summerlin for this week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Walker is 4-for-8 at this event, with the highlights being a trio of top 15s. During the 2015 edition, he said this about the layout, "I’m not the biggest fan of desert golf. This has some holes to it where it’s very deserty and some that look more like a regular golf course." That was en route to a T4 finish on a week that he fired a third-round 62. He may not be a fan of the entire course, but he's certainly proven he can compete here. With one of his sponsors being the Bellagio it makes sense that he would return here on a yearly basis. Gamers looking to play it safe should let Walker ease back into form before re-investing.
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 05:28:00 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, defending champ and World No. 38 Jimmy Walker rebounded for a 2-under-par 35-34=69 in the second round of the 99th PGA Championship to conclude on 8-over 150, up 35 spots to T111 with play still in progress.

The 38-year-old's lap was tied for the low round in the clubhouse from the morning wave on Day 2 before 18-hole co-leader posted a morning 67. Barring a total collapse from the afternoon bunch however, he appears destined for a short week, done-in by a first-round season-worst 10-over 81. In Round 2, he landed seven (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, posting 3.240 SG: Approach-the-Green and 3.724 SG: Tee-to-Green, struggling a bit around-the-green with a -0.867. The Baylor alum squared bogey-5s at Nos. 11, 1 and 9 (failed scrambles), offset by five birdies at 10, 12, 15, 7 and 8, all from inside of nine feet. He recorded 1.714 putts per GIR and 1.347 SG: Putting, taking 30 total putts.
Fri, Aug 11, 2017 01:57:00 PM

Jimmy Walker hoisted the Wanamaker Trophy at the 2016 PGA Championship hosted by Baltusrol Golf Club, returning this week for a chance to defend his title as the venue moves to Quail Hollow Club.

The Texan opened the 2016 edition with a 5-under 65 to lead by himself after day one. He would co-lead after R2 but ultimately went wire-to-wire en route to his sixth PGA TOUR title, first major championship. Since then, Walker has battled with Lyme disease but is finally getting healthy and playing frequently again. Last week, Walker popped at Firestone Country Club, earning his spot as the 36-hole leader before fading over the weekend. Still a promising sign for a potential return to form. That was the first time Walker had posted back-to-back sub-70 rounds in a tournament since the Honda Classic in February. On the down side, Walker is just 3-for-8 at Quail Hollow Club, but has played it just once since the greens were converted to bermuda grass.
Tue, Aug 8, 2017 12:37:00 PM

Overnight leader and World No. 39 Jimmy Walker patched together a 4-over-par 41-33=74 in the third round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, falling nine spots to T10 on 3-under 207, six in arrears of 54-hole co-leaders Zach Johnson and Thomas Pieters.

After kicking off in 68-65, the 38-year-old led by two over playing competitor Pieters, who shot 66. He mustered five (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, losing 1.838 strokes off-the-tee and 2.366 tee-to-green. It was a tale of two nines for the Baylor product, going out in birdie-less 6-over, squaring bogey-5s at Nos. 1 and 9, and a pair of double bogey-6s at 6 and 8 (3-putt from 17'10"). He came home in blemish-free 2-under, circling 15 and 16 from 12'3" and 10'1", respectively. The Oklahoma native posted 1.818 putts per GIR and -1.173 SG: Putting, needing 32 total putts.
Sat, Aug 5, 2017 07:05:00 PM

Jimmy Walker breezed through Firestone Country Club in round two of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, styling a 5-under-par 32-33=65 to record the low round of the day and also grab the clubhouse lead with a two-day tally of 7-under 133.

Walker traded four birdies with a pair of bogeys in round one but turned up the heat today. Despite having to sit through a pair of rain delays, his momentum never swayed as he sprinkled six birdies throughout the card, swallowing just one bogey in the process. His iron play was strong but his flat stick was really the catalyst, splashing home four putts from outside eight feet to gain 3.029 strokes putting on the round. If this lead holds it will go in the books as his eighth career 36-hole lead/co-lead. Walker has converted three of those into wins, most recently last year's PGA Championship. Walker is still recovering from Lyme disease and coming in fresh off a T33 last week in Germany. There doesn't appear to be any jetlag as Walker enters the weekend in the driver's seat.
Fri, Aug 4, 2017 06:28:00 PM

World No. 38 Jimmy Walker styled a 5-under-par 33-32=65 in the final round of The Greenbrier Classic to finish up on 7-under 273, up 28 places to T14 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, Walker finished T18.

This was the 38-year-old's sixth Greenbrier, fourth top 25 and possibly a fourth top 10. After opening in 68-70-70, he began T42 on 2-under, six shy of the overnight top 10. The Baylor product hit 11 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 1.162 strokes off-the-tee and 1.608 approach-the-green. He squared a lone bogey-5 at the second, camouflaged by six birdies at Nos. 1, 5, 12, and 15-17, three from between 10 and 21 feet. The Oklahoma City native registered 1.615 putts per GIR and 1.793 SG: Putting, taking 26 total putts. This is his seventh top 25 of the season in 17 starts, first since T13 four starts ago at the Valero Texas Open.
Sun, Jul 9, 2017 03:07:00 PM

World No. 38 Jimmy Walker contests his sixth Greenbrier Classic and arrives at 101st in the FedExCup standings.

Since revealing a Lyme disease diagnosis on April 19th, the day before the start of his adopted hometown event, the Valero Texas Open, the 38-year-old has played only four events in the last 16 weeks. He posted a T13 at TPC San Antonio, chasing with T56 at THE PLAYERS and missed cuts at the U.S. Open and last week's Quicken Loans National. Overall, the Oklahoma native is 11-for-16 on the season with six top 25s and one top 10, a T9 at the no-cut SBS TOC back in January. He's had mixed fortunes at The Old White TPC, missing cuts in 2012 and on last visit in 2014, but bagging T4s in 2010 and 2011, and T2 in 2013, one of three career runner-up finishes in 279 career events.
Wed, Jul 5, 2017 07:13:00 PM

Jimmy Walker smoothed a 3-under-par 35-34=69 during round two of the Valero Texas Open, staking out a spot inside the top 10 on 5-under 139.

The Texan who announced he's been battling Lyme disease is showing no signs of fatigue so far at TPC San Antonio. Today he opened on the back nine and carded three of his four birdie before the turn. That included the highlight of the round, a hole out from the greenside bunker for birdie at the par-4 11th. Walker coasted home with one birdie and eight pars on his inward nine. The 2015 Valero champ is very comfortable here at the Oaks Course and should be one to watch over the weekend. On the live leaderboard he ranks 19th in strokes gained tee-to-green and T36 in strokes gained putting for the week.
Fri, Apr 21, 2017 01:54:00 PM

Jimmy Walker announced he's been dealing with Lyme disease since last November, but still plans to give it a go at this week's Valero Texas Open.

Walker previously come out before the Masters to declare he was fighting mononucleosis but he's since been diagnosed with Lyme disease instead. Like mono, Lyme disease causes extreme fatigue and in today's press conference, Walker compared it to having the flu constantly. The Texan has been wrestling with this since Thanksgiving, so this is nothing new, except now he can develop a plan of attack in order to fight the disease. Despite the illness, Walker posted a T18 at the 81st Masters just two weeks ago. The 2015 Valero champ is playing in a home game this week, but the illness does make him a medium-risk option for gamers this week.
Wed, Apr 19, 2017 04:02:00 PM