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Jimmy Walker |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (36) / 1/16/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 180
College: Baylor University

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With a bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-30=63 in his final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii, Jimmy Walker successfully defended his title, this time winning by a tournament-record nine strokes.
Walker posted 23-under 257, tied for fourth-lowest in PGA TOUR history. (Five guys have scored lower.) It's the second-lowest at Waialae Country Club (Russell Henley, 256; 2013). Walker's nine-shot margin over Scott Piercy is the widest on the circuit since Brian Gay's 10-stroke win at the 2009 Verizon Heritage. This didn't have the makings of a runaway early. Walker settled for routine pars on his first seven holes before catching fire with birdies on Nos. 8-10 from close range. He would add three more birdies, falling from between 13 and 21 feet, on the 12th, 15th and 16th holes before tapping in for a closing birdie on the par-5 18th. His 29 birdies were the most in his career in any event, and he finished the week first in greens in regulation, strokes gained: putting and putting average. Gamers have to be drooling at what this could mean for the remainder of the West Coast Swing, where he is traditionally strong. Jan 18 - 8:18 PM

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Jimmy Walker tied the lowest round of his PGA TOUR career with an 8-under-par 32-30=62 in the third round of the Sony Open and takes the 54-hole lead at 16-under 194.

This was the sixth time that Walker fired a 62 in his career, with the most recent coming at the 2014 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. The key to his round was easily the flat stick. He ended his day with 11 consecutive one putts. When all of the circles and squares were added up, he bagged 10 birdies to just two bogeys. Four of those birdies came from between 21 and 31 feet and three others fell from between nine and 11 feet. The two-stroke margin that he enjoys gives him a chance to immediately erase the back-nine loss he suffered at the hands of Patrick Reed last Monday. It also allows Walker a chance to successfully defend his Sony Open title.
Jan 17 - 9:48 PM

Jimmy Walker turned in another 4-under-par 66 at the Sony Open in Hawaii, this time in the second round to reach the break in 8-under 132.

If once is an anomaly and twice is a trend, it's safe now to say that Walker has moved on from Monday's crushing playoff loss to Patrick Reed at Kapalua. The older American signed for a pair of 33s today with three birdies and one bogey on each. His longest conversion was his first. It dropped for birdie at the par-4 10th hole. Walker sits just two strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead. It's a worthy gift to himself seeing that he turned 36 years of age today.
Jan 16 - 5:31 PM

Jimmy Walker opened his title defense of the Sony Open in Hawaii with a 4-under-par 32-34=66.

Walker's resiliency was tested on the par-4 first hole today since it was the first hole in competition since getting knocked out in a playoff at Kapalua on Monday. He missed the fairway and the green in regulation on the opening hole at Waialae en route to a bogey. But he bounced back with a birdie from just outside 20 feet at the par-4 second. He added four birdies in the next nine holes, included respective rolls of 16'7", 11'3" and 29'11" at Nos. 5, 7 and 11. An 11-footer that dropped for par at the par-4 13th retained momentum until he bogeyed the par-3 17th from a greenside bunker. However, once again, the defending champ rallied for a birdie-4 at the last. Walker is positioned four strokes back of the clubhouse co-leaders and prime to make a run at consecutive victories on Oahu. Continue to invest with confidence.
Jan 15 - 10:06 PM

Jimmy Walker picked up the second win of his PGA TOUR career in the 2014 Sony Open and is back to defend this week.

It's not a secret that the 2013-14 PGA TOUR season was a fairy tale for Walker. He picked up his first win in the first event of the season at the Open, and then added a win at Waialae Country Club and a third in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. He nearly added a fourth on The Plantation Course at Kapalua last week, eventually losing to Patrick Reed in a playoff. Needless to say, all things point to a big week for Walker on Oahu this week.
Jan 13 - 3:11 PM

Jimmy Walker spun a 4-under-par 32-37=69 in the final round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and joins Patrick Reed in a playoff at 21-under 271.

Walker looked to be cruising towards his fourth PGA TOUR win early in the day on The Plantation Course at Kapalua. Following a short birdie at the par-4 third hole, he converted his longest putt of the week for a 23-foot birdie on the par-4 fourth hole. After three consecutive pars, he rattled off a trio of birdies on the eighth, ninth and 10th holes. The highlight of that run was a 19'5" downhill putt at the par-3 eighth hole. Just when it looked like a win was a formality, he went ice cold. He settled for seven pars and a messy bogey on the short par-4 14th to end the round. On the first playoff hole, the par-5 18th, Reed holed a 19'6" birdie putt after Walker had already missed his birdie chip to put the tournament to bed.
Jan 12 - 8:41 PM

Jimmy Walker posted a blemish-free 6-under-par 32-35=67 in the third round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions to join Hideki Matsuyama in the 54-hole lead at 17-under 202.

Walker gathered six birdies and 12 pars on his stroll around The Plantation Course at Kapalua, with a 19'9" birdie at the par-4 fourth and an 11'9" birdie at the par-4 10th shining the brightest. The key to his week as been avoiding trouble. Specifically, he has just one bogey for the week and leads the tournament in that regard. He is second in strokes gained: tee-to-green. He will try and accomplish the Hawaii slam on Monday. He is the defending champion at next week's Sony Open, meaning he would hold both Hawaiian titles for at least six days should he win tomorrow. A win would be his fourth on the PGA TOUR.
Jan 11 - 9:31 PM

Jimmy Walker tacked on a 5-under-par 32-36=68 in his second round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions to reach the midpoint in 11-under 135, good for a share of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

He hit 14 greens in regulation and circled six birdies at Kapalua today, but his most impressive conversion came at the first hole for par. His approach into the par 4 came up short of the green and 17 yards from the cup. After a mediocre up to 21'1", Walker calmly buried the putt to thwart a square. He'd finally succumb to bogey at the par-4 17th where he missed the green left on approach and fanned on a par attempt from 4'9", but he's positioned quite well for Sunday's third round.
Jan 10 - 6:39 PM

Jimmy Walker made short work of Kapalua with a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-34=67 in his opening round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Walker went 6-for-17 in birdie chances, circling three par breakers on each nine. All 18 of his conversions traveled less than eight feet, so he's found a comfort zone on Maui. The three-time PGA TOUR winner will wake up on Saturday just two strokes off the lead.
Jan 9 - 9:44 PM

Jimmy Walker made his debut in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions last season and returns to The Plantation Course at Kapalua this week.

Walker tied for 21st in the winners-only event last season, but considering the field consisted of just 30 players, it was one of his worst starts of an otherwise remarkable season. His title at the 2013 Open exempt him into his debut at Kapalua, while wins at the Sony Open and Pebble Beach thereafter booked the return trip. He's made just three starts on the PGA TOUR during the 2014-15 season, with a share of fourth at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open standing as the highlight. He also finished 15th out of 18 at the Hero World Challenge.
Jan 4 - 10:48 PM

Jimmy Walker could muster only a 2-under-par 36-33=69 in the final round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Walker's 15-under 269 is good for a tie for fourth with Webb Simpson and Brooks Koepka. Walker circled two birdies on the front nine but outpaced those with a trio of bogeys. He added three more birdies on TPC Summerlin's backside. The putts were falling from everywhere. His first four birdies were from 38'6", 13'2", 14'3" and 10'9" on the first, sixth, 10th and 12th holes, respectively. Walker ranked fourth in strokes gained: tee-to-green for the tournament.
Sun, Oct 19, 2014 08:25:00 PM

Jimmy Walker lit up TPC Summerlin for a bogey-free 9-under-par 32-30=62 in the third round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and vaults into the clubhouse lead at 13-under 200.

The three-time winner in 2013-14 circled nine birdies on the afternoon. Three of those birdies occurred from longer than 14 feet, highlighted by a 25'7" effort on the par-4 third hole. Walker finished a distant 63rd in the season-opening Open last week, but is clearly back on track in Las Vegas. He will now sit back and wait to see how the overnight leaders play the back nine, as Walker went out early off the 10th tee and was among the first to complete their round.
Sat, Oct 18, 2014 05:38:00 PM

Jimmy Walker rebounded from his miserable 75 in the opener of the Open with a 6-under-par 34-32=66 in today's second round.

A day after failing to convert on 13 opportunity to break par, Walker went 8-for-11 with eight birdies today. That's just crazy. His longest birdies measured 18'2" and 11'10" at Nos. 2 and 11, respectively. He also squared two bogeys, but averted a third with a par save from 11'1" at the par-4 13th. At 3-under 141, Walker is seven swings off the pace of 36-hole leader Martin Laird.
Fri, Oct 10, 2014 09:22:00 PM

Jimmy Walker opened his title defense of the Open with a 3-over-par 36-39=75.

In a word, this was awful. Walker had 13 opportunities to break par and whiffed on all of them. The most egregious occurred at the par-5 fifth where he three-putted from 13'8" for bogey. His par try measured just 35 inches. He also fanned on a 51-inch birdie attempt at the par-4 third. At last check, the defending champ's strokes gained-putting metric sat at -1.537. While he won at CordeValle last year and not this year's site (Silverado), all of the angles supported him contending again this week. He's probably going to think about shooting no higher than 68 on Friday to play the weekend.
Thu, Oct 9, 2014 09:45:00 PM

Jimmy Walker won his first PGA TOUR tournament at the 2013 Open and returns to defend this week.

Walker was on the short list of players due for a breakthrough victory when the 2013-14 season kicked off. He parlayed that into a huge season, which included additional wins at the Sony Open and the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am before ending his dream year with a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. While he is one of the favorites this week, it would not be a shocker to see another non-winner break through at Silverado Resort and Spa's North Course.
Tue, Oct 7, 2014 09:09:00 PM