Jimmy Walker Wins Again
By Torleif Sorenson on 2/10/14

When he's away from the golf course, PGA Tour player Jimmy Walker enjoys photographing the stars. The thing is, Walker himself is now emerging as a star.

On Sunday, Walker captured the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am — his third victory of the PGA Tour's 2014 season. Back in October, Walker won his first-ever PGA Tour event in his 187th start, at the Frys.com Open at CordeValle. Then in January, Walker won the back end of the Hawaii swing with a one-shot victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

After hanging on for dear life in wet, blustery conditions at Pebble Beach, Walker had this to say:
"I don't know if it was just a matter of doing it once and then having it happen again and then happen again. I've always felt like I could win out here, and I think that's what you have to believe to be out here — that you belong and that you can win. And finally, it happened. And it's cool that it's happened a couple more times. Quickly."
Three times in his last eight events, to be specific. This time was a bit different; Walker shot 74 on Sunday, which included bogeys at 1, 10, 12, 13, and 17 — not a glamorous final round, to be sure, especially with Dustin Johnson and Jim Renner carding a 66 and 67, respectively. In the end, Walker won by the slimmest-possible margin: One shot.

But when a golfer has already won twice during this PGA Tour season, confidence can be such a booster.

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DougE says:
Was happy for JW, but hanging on the edge of my seat once the lead was down to 2. He had a rough time on the back nine and that final putt to save it nearly missed, as the late-afternoon rough poa annua grass caught the ball and sent it off to the left a foot before the hole. If that hole was another 6 inches further away, that putt misses on the left.
mustang6560 says:
Ol' Jimmy won me an additional 20 points in my fantasy golf league!
joe jones says:
I bet Jimmy doesn't go into " a hang on for life mode" again. What he did was the equivalent of footballs prevent defense. It usually doesn't work. The only thing it prevents is winning the game. Golfers have to determine that they find the right blend of aggression and safe play. He hit some great approach shots but was very tentative on the greens.Late in the afternoon poa annua greens require a firm stroke to hold your line.The reason Johnson and Renner gained on him was because they tried to make putts when the opportunity arose.Walker was trying to die his putts in the hole. Not a good stragedy on poa.
falcon50driver says:
Why hasn't he been proclaimed "the next tiger woods "yet?
mjaber says:
I can't believe nobody has said that his wins have been "Dyn-o-mite"
slimpks1850 says:
Falcon's comment, tied in with the poll on the homepage: He is last year's Tiger. Tiger had 5 wins last year & no majors. Mr. "Dyn-o-mite" may win again this year but it will not be a major.
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