Jimmy Walker had a great week playing a virtual home game at the TPC San Antonio en route to a 4-stroke win over fellow Texan, Jordan Spieth. Walker lives just 30 minutes from the course where the Valero Texas Open is held.
“To play this well at home in front of everybody, it’s amazing,” Walker said. “I don’t know how else to describe it or I’d be a writer, like you guys. I don’t know how to describe it. It’s cool.”(PGATour.com)
The field faced tough, windy conditions all week. Scorecards resembled that of amateurs at the local municipal tracks as opposed to PGA Tour stars in a tune up for the Masters. Only 10 players managed to break par for the week. The average score for the week was a smooth 74.58. Yikes!!
It was not a total walk in the park for Walker to be sure. He did have to work on Sunday. Jordan Spieth gave it his best shot to try and catch Walker.
Spieth, who played golf at the University of Texas, started the day in the final group 4-shots behind Walker. He came out firing with a birdie on the par 4 1st hole, only to watch Walker match him with a birdie of his own on the 2nd hole. In fact, Walker had extended his lead by one shot on the front nine.
The 21 year-old did not give up without a fight. He was down five with six to play and birdied holes 14 through 17, trying to make a run at Walker. It was not to be.
Jimmy Walker answered Spieth’s birdies with 2 of his own on 16 and 17 to maintain his 4-stroke advantage. He was not going to be denied.
Jimmy Walker becomes the first player to win twice on Tour this season. He also is the first in nine tries to win a PGA Tour event while sleeping on the 54-hole lead. Talk about the advantage of sleeping in your own bed right? While the rest of the field averaged over 74 strokes a round, Walker came in at 69.25. That is how you win a golf tournament going away.
“Everybody says it’s hard to win at home,” Walker said, “(but) it’s hard to win any week — home, away, out of the country, it’s hard. So I feel good.”(AP)
This was Jimmy’s last event before heading off to Augusta on Monday for a practice round at Augusta National. He needs to practice because we think that a win like this puts Mr. Walker firmly in the discussion of favorites at the Masters. Agree?
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