Jimmy Walker (golfer)

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Jimmy Walker
— Golfer —
Personal information
Born (1979-01-16) January 16, 1979 (age 35)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 13 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence San Antonio, Texas
Spouse Erin (neé Stiegemeier)
Children Mclain, Beckett
Career
College Baylor University
Turned professional 2001
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Former tour(s) Nationwide Tour
Professional wins 6
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 3
Web.com Tour 3
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament T8: 2014
U.S. Open T9: 2014
The Open Championship CUT: 2013
PGA Championship T21: 2012
Achievements and awards
Nationwide Tour
leading money winner
2004
Nationwide Tour
Player of the Year
2004

Jimmy 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 PGA Tour season.

Early life[edit]

Walker was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After high school, he attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he played on the varsity golf team, the Baylor Bears. Walker turned professional in 2001, at age 22.

Professional career[edit]

Nationwide Tour[edit]

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.

PGA Tour[edit]

Walker only played in nine PGA Tour events in 2005 due to injury, making only 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. He did not enjoy a very successful season, making nine cuts and recording only 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, but with only 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 PGA Tour 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 PGA Tour season ranked 125th on the money list, securing the last available tour card for the 2010 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 PGA Tour season so far, helped by three 4th/T4 finishes throughout the season. He finished 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 prize money for the first time.

2014: Maiden PGA Tour victory and subsequent success[edit]

The 2014 PGA Tour season was the first time that the season began with six events in the fall of 2013. In the first of these, Walker won his maiden PGA Tour event at the 2013 Frys.com 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 and a PGA Tour card until the end of 2016. Walker also entered the world's top 50 for the first time.[1]

Walker opened up 2014 finishing T21 at his first visit to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. The following week in January 2014, 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 Kirk.[2]

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 victory.[3] 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 its highest level, 24th.[4][5] A T8 finish at the 2014 Masters Tournament raised his ranking to 19th and ensured him an invitation into the 2015 tournament.

Personal[edit]

Walker is married to the former Erin Stiegemeier, whom he met while she served as a volunteer at a 2004 Nationwide Tour event.[6] They have two sons, Mclain and Beckett. Outside of golf, Jimmy is an avid photographer, while Erin is a nationally ranked show jumper.[7]

Professional wins (6)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Oct 13, 2013 Frys.com Open −17 (70-69-62-66=267) 2 strokes Fiji Vijay Singh
2 Jan 12, 2014 Sony Open in Hawaii −17 (66-67-67-63=263) 1 stroke United States Chris Kirk
3 Feb 9, 2014 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am −11 (66-69-67-74=276) 1 stroke United States Dustin Johnson, United States Jim Renner

Nationwide Tour wins (3)[edit]

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

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T8
U.S. Open T52 CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T9
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP T21 CUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jimmy Walker takes Frys.com title". ESPN. Associated Press. October 13, 2013. Retrieved October 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Jimmy Walker's final-round 63 wins Sony Open". USA Today. Associated Press. January 13, 2014. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ McEwan, Michael (February 10, 2014). "Walker wins third title of the season". Bunkered. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Jimmy Walker wins at Pebble Beach". ESPN. Associated Press. February 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ Lavner, Ryan (February 10, 2014). "Walker cracks top 25 after third win of season". Golf Channel. 
  6. ^ "Jimmy Walker – Biography". Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ Van Sickle, Gary (July 3, 2013). "Jimmy Walker, the Tour's cut-making machine, is rocketing up the world rankings". Golf.com. 

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