Jimmy Walker (golfer)


James William Walker born January 16, 1979 is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour After playing in 187 events without a win on the PGA Tour, Walker won three times in the first eight events of the 2014 season He is a six-time winner on the PGA Tour, and in 2016 won his first major title at the PGA Championship

Contents

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Professional career
    • 21 2003–04: Nationwide Tour
    • 22 2005–13: Early PGA Tour career
    • 23 2014–present: PGA Tour victories and success
  • 3 Personal
  • 4 Professional wins 10
    • 41 PGA Tour wins 6
    • 42 Nationwide Tour wins 3
    • 43 Other wins
  • 5 Major championships
    • 51 Wins 1
    • 52 Results timeline
    • 53 Summary
  • 6 Results in World Golf Championships
  • 7 PGA Tour career summary
  • 8 US national team appearances
  • 9 See also
  • 10 References
  • 11 External links

Early lifeedit

Born in Oklahoma City, Walker and his family later moved to Texas to the San Antonio area, and he graduated from Canyon High School in New Braunfels in 1997 He played college golf at Baylor University in Waco, Texas and turned professional at age 22 in 20011

Professional careeredit

2003–04: Nationwide Touredit

Walker played on the Nationwide Tour full-time in 2003 and 2004 In 2004, he won the first two professional events of his career at the BellSouth Panama Championship and the Chitimacha Louisiana Open Walker ended the 2004 season as the Nationwide Tour's leading money winner and won Player of the Year honors, while in the process earning his PGA Tour card for the first time

2005–13: Early PGA Tour careeredit

Walker only played in nine PGA Tour events in 2005 due to injury, making three cuts and a best finish of 17th at the MCI Heritage He played his first full season on the PGA Tour in 2006, where he played in 21 events Walker made nine cuts and had one top-25 finish He ended the season 202nd on the money list, which was not enough to retain his playing rights Walker went back to the Nationwide Tour in 2007, where he added a third title to his name at the National Mining Association Pete Dye Classic and finished in 25th place on the Nationwide Tour's money list, which qualified him for a PGA Tour card for the 2008 season Again, Walker endured a difficult season, making 13 cuts in 24 events, with three top-25 finishes He ended the year 192nd on the FedEx Cup Standings and entered the year end Q-school to try and regain his card He finished in a tie for 11th, which was enough to regain his card for the 2009 season

Walker fared better in 2009, where he recorded his first two top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour, including a T5 at the Turning Stone Resort Championship Walker finished the 2009 season ranked 125th on the money list, securing the last available tour card for the next season In 2010, Walker made less than half of the cuts he played in, but had a T3 and T4 finish to boost his season's placing He finished 2010 ranked 103rd on the money list In 2011, Walker enjoyed his best season to that point, helped by three 4th/T4 finishes throughout the season He was 68th in the FedEx Cup standings and qualified for the third FedEx Cup playoff event, the BMW Championship, for the first time Walker followed up a solid 2011 season with another good year in 2012 He finished the year 43rd in the FedEx Cup standings, with six top-10 finishes Walker started to develop a consistent game on the PGA Tour, evidenced when he made 25 consecutive cuts from the 2012 John Deere Classic to the 2013 Memorial Tournament During this run, Walker had finishes of T2, T3, and T4 as he finished the 2013 season with over $2 million in tour earnings

2014–present: PGA Tour victories and successedit

The 2014 season was the first to begin with six events in the fall of 2013 In the first of these, Walker won his first PGA Tour event at the 2013 Fryscom Open, after nine years and 188 PGA Tour starts He won by two strokes over Vijay Singh after shooting 62-66 over the weekend The win gave him an exemption into the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, and earned him his first trip to the Masters Tournament and a PGA Tour card until the end of 2016 Walker also entered the world's top 50 for the first time2

Walker opened up 2014 finishing T21 at his first visit to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions The following week, he earned his second PGA Tour win at the Sony Open in Hawaii He birdied four of the final six holes and shot a final round 63 to win by one stroke over Chris Kirk3

Five weeks later, in early February 2014, Walker won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am by one stroke over Dustin Johnson and Jim Renner He had a six-stroke advantage going into the final round, but shot a two-over-par 74 on Sunday and needed to hole a five-foot par putt on the 18th for the victory4 This was his third victory of the 2014 season in just eight starts, after previously going 187 events without a victory With his win, Walker became the leader on the 2014 money list, FedExCup standings, and Ryder Cup points standings He also raised his Official World Golf Ranking to 24th56 A T8 finish at the 2014 Masters Tournament raised his ranking to 19th, and ensured him an invitation into the 2015 tournament He went on to post top-ten finishes at two other majors, a T9 at the 2014 US Open, and a T7 the 2014 PGA Championship7 His highly successful season earned him a spot on the 2014 Ryder Cup, another personal first8 Walker went as high as 17th in the OWGR during the 2014 season

In January 2015, Walker lost in a sudden-death playoff at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii to Patrick Reed After finishing at 21-under-par in regulation play, Walker was beaten by a Reed birdie on the first extra hole The following week on tour, Walker defended his Sony Open in Hawaii title with a nine-stroke victory after a final round 63 It was Walker's fourth career PGA Tour victory and it moved him 13th in the OWGR In March 2015, Walker earned his fifth PGA Tour win and second of the season at the Valero Texas Open with a four-stroke victory over Jordan Spieth Residing in San Antonio, this meant Walker had claimed victory in his hometown event The win moved Walker into the world's top 10 for the first time and took him to the top of the FedEx Cup standings In May 2015, Walker tied for second place at the AT&T Byron Nelson For the season, Walker had two victories and two second-place finishes, putting him in the top-10 on the PGA Tour money list for the second year in a row

At the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club, Walker shot a 65 in the first round to hold the lead by one stroke This represented the first time that he had ever led a major in his career He followed this with a 66 in the second round for a 9-under total and share of the halfway lead with Robert Streb After a washout on Saturday, Walker shot a third round 68 on Sunday morning, finishing with a birdie on the 18th hole to take the 54-hole lead by one stroke Sunday evening saw Walker shoot a bogey-free round of 67 to capture his first major championship, winning by one stroke over Jason Day, who after eagleing the 18th hole forced Walker to make par for the championship Walker, in his third shot, played a safe approach from the rough to the green, taking two putts to make par and maintain his 1-shot lead for his first major title9

Personaledit

Walker is married to the former Erin Stiegemeier, whom he met while she served as a volunteer at a 2004 Nationwide Tour event10 His wife is a nationally ranked show jumper,11 and they have two sons Walker is also an avid astrophotographer; his photos have been featured on Astronomy Picture of the Day APOD12 His home golf course is Cordillera Ranch Golf Club in Boerne, Texas

In April 2017, Walker revealed that he had contracted Lyme disease, however he hopes to avoid taking any time off from the tour13

Professional wins 10edit

PGA Tour wins 6edit

Legend
Major championships 1
Other PGA Tour events 5
No Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 Oct 13, 2013 Fryscom Open 70-69-62-66=267 −17 2 strokes Vijay Singh
2 Jan 12, 2014 Sony Open in Hawaii 66-67-67-63=263 −17 1 stroke Chris Kirk
3 Feb 9, 2014 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am 66-69-67-74=276 −11 1 stroke Dustin Johnson, Jim Renner
4 Jan 18, 2015 Sony Open in Hawaii 2 66-66-62-63=257 −23 9 strokes Scott Piercy
5 Mar 29, 2015 Valero Texas Open 71-67-69-70=277 −11 4 strokes Jordan Spieth
6 Jul 31, 2016 PGA Championship 65-66-68-67=266 −14 1 stroke Jason Day

PGA Tour playoff record 0–1

No Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2015 Hyundai Tournament of Champions Patrick Reed Lost to birdie on first extra hole

Nationwide Tour wins 3edit

No Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 Feb 8, 2004 BellSouth Panama Championship 65-69-70-69=273 −7 5 strokes Tom Scherrer
2 Mar 28, 2004 Chitimacha Louisiana Open 69-64-74-65=272 −16 1 stroke Rick Price
3 Aug 26, 2007 National Mining Association Pete Dye Classic 68-70-68-67=273 −15 1 stroke Justin Hicks, Matt Jones

Other winsedit

  • 2002 Scottsdale Swing at Eagle Mountain Canadian Tour14

Major championshipsedit

Wins 1edit

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
2016 PGA Championship 1 shot lead −14 65-66-68-67=266 1 stroke Jason Day

Results timelineedit

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament
US Open T52 CUT
The Open Championship
PGA Championship
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Masters Tournament T8 T38 T29 T18
US Open T9 T58 CUT CUT
The Open Championship CUT T26 T30 CUT T54
PGA Championship CUT T21 CUT T7 CUT 1 CUT
  Win   Top 10   Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

Summaryedit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 1 2 4 4
US Open 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 3
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 3
PGA Championship 1 0 0 1 2 3 7 3
Totals 1 0 0 1 4 6 22 13
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 7 2014 Masters – 2015 Open
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 2014 Masters – 2014 US Open

Results in World Golf Championshipsedit

Results not in chronological order prior to 2015

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Mexico Championship DNP T25 T31 6 T25
Match Play DNP R32 T52 T38 T39
Bridgestone Invitational DNP T26 T53 T16 T28
HSBC Champions T46 T35 DNP T77

DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
Yellow background for top-10

PGA Tour career summaryedit

Season Starts Cuts
made
Wins
majors
2nd 3rd Top-10 Top-25 Earnings
$
Money
list rank
2001 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 13,164 n/a
2002 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a
2003 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a
2004 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a
2005 9 3 0 0 0 0 2 155,850 207
2006 21 9 0 0 0 0 1 153,950 202
2007 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a
2008 24 13 0 0 0 0 3 282,249 185
2009 24 15 0 0 0 2 5 662,683 125
2010 27 13 0 0 1 2 6 937,987 103
2011 24 16 0 0 0 4 7 1,336,556 67
2012 28 23 0 0 0 6 9 1,638,419 48
2013 24 18 0 1 1 5 10 2,117,570 30
2014 27 23 3 0 0 10 19 5,787,016 4
2015 24 21 2 2 0 6 9 4,521,350 10
2016 25 18 1 1 0 1 5 12 4,148,546 1015
Career 263 173 6 1 3 3 40 83 21,755,342 4916

As of 2016 season

US national team appearancesedit

Professional

  • Ryder Cup: 2014, 2016 winners
  • Presidents Cup: 2015 winners
  • World Cup: 2016

See alsoedit

  • 2004 Nationwide Tour graduates
  • 2007 Nationwide Tour graduates
  • 2008 PGA Tour Qualifying School graduates
  • List of golfers with most PGA Tour wins

Referencesedit

  1. ^ "Jimmy Walker – Profile" PGA Tour Retrieved August 1, 2016 
  2. ^ "Jimmy Walker takes Fryscom title" ESPN Associated Press October 13, 2013 Retrieved October 14, 2013 
  3. ^ "Jimmy Walker's final-round 63 wins Sony Open" USA Today Associated Press January 13, 2014 Retrieved January 30, 2014 
  4. ^ McEwan, Michael February 10, 2014 "Walker wins third title of the season" Bunkered Retrieved February 10, 2014 
  5. ^ "Jimmy Walker wins at Pebble Beach" ESPN Associated Press February 10, 2014 
  6. ^ Lavner, Ryan February 10, 2014 "Walker cracks top 25 after third win of season" Golf Channel 
  7. ^ "Jimmy Walker Tournament Results – 2014" ESPN Retrieved August 13, 2014 
  8. ^ "2014 Ryder Cup – Team USA Points Standings" Ryder Cup Retrieved August 13, 2014 
  9. ^ Murray, Ewan August 1, 2016 "Jimmy Walker holds off Jason Day to claim stunning US PGA win" The Guardian Retrieved August 3, 2016 
  10. ^ "Jimmy Walker biography" Retrieved August 1, 2016 
  11. ^ Van Sickle, Gary July 3, 2013 "Jimmy Walker, the Tour's cut-making machine, is rocketing up the world rankings" Golfcom 
  12. ^ Nemiroff, R; Bonnell, J, eds 19 December 2014 "Reflections on the 1970s" Astronomy Picture of the Day NASA Retrieved August 1, 2016 
  13. ^ McAllister, Mike April 19, 2017 "Walker reveals he has Lyme disease" PGA Tour 
  14. ^ "Jimmy Walker – 2002" Official World Golf Ranking Retrieved August 1, 2016 
  15. ^ "Money Leaders" PGA Tour Retrieved September 27, 2016 
  16. ^ "Career Money Leaders" PGA Tour Retrieved September 27, 2016 

External linksedit

  • Official website
  • Jimmy Walker at the PGA Tour official site
  • Jimmy Walker at the Official World Golf Ranking official site


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