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 Walker (USA), who claimed his first PGA Tour win after 188 starts and eight years on the tour. [CordeValle GC, San Martin, Calif.].
US Women's PGA Championship: located just outside Philadelphia, the famed Donald Ross layout of Aronimink Golf Club hosts the third women’s major championship of 2020 (Oct 8-11).
Scottish Open: first played in 1972, this year’s championship is again played on the Tom Doak-designed Renaissance Club course, which sits alongside mighty Muirfield in East Lothian (Oct 1-4).
Jim Furyk: in winning the Pure Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links, “The Grinder” joined Arnold Palmer and Bruce Fleisher as the only players to win their first two starts on the PGA Tour Champions.
Georgia Hall: recorded her first win in an LPGA Tour event on American soil at this year’s Portland Classic, played at Columbia Edgewater Country Club … on the edge of the Columbia River.
Traigh Golf Course (pronounced "try", and meaning "beach" in Gaelic): You'll find this nine-hole seaside gem on the scenic coast road (as opposed to the more inland and quicker A830) between Arisaig and Morar. Although not on the well-beaten path of Scotland's "trophy" courses, if you are passing through this area, it's a must play.
Cullen Links Golf Club: "immensely scenic", "quirky as golf can get", "short!", "hugely enjoyable" ... Cullen Links attracts as wide a variety of comments as it lays down golfing challenges. Shoehorned into this 4,600 yard treasure trove are ten par-3s, seven par-4s and a good-length par-5. Here you'll find all the seaside scenery a golfer could ask for, and a lot more besides. Read More...
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