Name:James William "Jimmy" Walker
Born:Jan 16, 1979 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Original/Home Club:Baylor University, Waco, TX.
Occupation:Professional golfer; astro-photographer.
Turned Pro:2001 (aged 22)
MAJORS (1): US PGA Ch'ship (2016). Ryder Cup player (2014, '16). Presidents Cup player (2015). Multiple wins on the PGA Tour.
Learning the game from his father, a scratch golfer, Walker turned professional in 2001. His career got off to a relatively low key start, with two wins recorded on the second-tier Nationwide Tour in 2004 and one in 2007. He played his first full season on the PGA Tour in 2006, but didn't firmly cement his place on the premier tour until the 2009 season. Again, progress was steady but winless. That all changed in 2013, due in no small part to the player-coach relationship Walker struck up with Butch Harmon.
Benefitting from Harmon's advice and coaching, Walker recorded his first PGA Tour victory in October 2013, winning the Frys.com Open. Two more wins in early 2014 quickly followed. 2015 also started in impressive fashion. Although losing in a playoff to Patrick Reed in the Tournament of Champions, Walker made amends the following week with a nine-shot victory as defending champion in the Sony Open in Hawaii.
Walker made his Ryder Cup debut at Gleneagles in 2014. His 2.5 point contribution to the USA team was only equalled by fellow debutant Jordan Spieth and bettered by Patrick Reed, another debutant. Walker recorded a Sunday singles win against Lee Westwood, although by the time they finished their match the Cup was already securely in European hands.
As Harmon predicted, Walker became a major championship winner. His wire-to-wire win in the 2016 US PGA Championship required a steady nerve on the final day as he battled for 36-holes to edge out world No.1 and defending champion Jason Day.
When family and golfing duties allow, Walker is a keen and highly accomplished astro-photographer.
The US PGA Championship (98th) (Jul 28-31). Second-placed Jason Day (Aus) finished 1 shot behind wire-to-wire and first-time major championship winner Walker (USA). 37-year-old Walker and defending champion Day both played 36 holes on the Sunday due to a near washout on the Saturday, and both shot 67 in the final round. [Lower course, Baltusrol GC, Springfield, NJ].
Played as the Sony Open in Hawaii (Jan 15-18). Second-placed Scott Piercy (USA) finished 9 shots behind defending champion Jimmy Walker (USA), who shot rounds of 62 and 63 on the weekend. Walker lost in a playoff in the Tournament of Champions the previous week. [Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii].
Played as the Valero Texas Open (March 26-29). Second-placed Jordan Spieth (USA) finished 4 shots behind home-town winner Jimmy Walker (USA), who lived just outside San Antonio. [Oaks course, TPC San Antonio, TX].
Played as the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (Feb 6-9). Second-placed Dustin Johnson (USA) and Jim Renner (USA) finished 1 shot behind Walker (USA), who recorded his third PGA Tour win in eight starts. [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Monterey Peninsula CC (Shore course) and Spyglass Hill GC].
Played as the Sony Open in Hawaii (Jan 9-12). Second-placed Chris Kirk (USA) finished 1 shot behind Jimmy Walker (USA), who recorded his second PGA Tour win. [Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii].
Played as the Frys.com Open (Oct 10-13; PGA Tour 2013/14 season opener). Second-placed Vijay Singh (Fiji) finished 2 shots behind 34-year-old Jimmy Walker (USA), who recorded his first PGA Tour win after 188 starts and eight years on the Tour. [CordeValle GC, San Martin, Calif.].
Solheim Cup: can Europe defend the most prestigious team trophy in women’s professional golf, when the 17th Solheim Cup is played out at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio (Sept 4-6).
Italian Open: Nicolai Højgaard recorded his first European Tour win (Sept 5), just a week after his twin brother Rasmus landed the European Masters title (Aug 29); the first brothers to win back-to-back on the European Tour.
The San Roque Club: "... how best to revitalise a course that had previously been fit to play regular host to the European Tour’s qualifying school finals..." by Toby Ingleton.
New 27-hole golf complex to be built in southern Belgium
A new golf complex in southern Belgium, close to the border with Luxembourg, will start construction in June 2021.
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