Veteran player Jimmy Walker added one to his list of five wins on the PGA Tour and this one was a biggie, the PGA Championship played over historic Baltusrol winning by a shot over last year’s champion and world number one Jason Day.
The 37-year old Walker, who was born in Oklahoma but resides in Texas, had to make a clutch par on the 72nd hole to preserve his one stroke advantage after Day made a closing eagle three on the par-5. Day, rather than hitting driver on the 554-yard finishing hole had eagle in mind the whole way. He teed up his TaylorMade RSi2 2-iron hitting the ball 268-yards to the fairway’s center and then used it again to hit an shot uphill (with a small cut to hold the ball in the cross wind) landing the ball 14-feet from the pin. The putt for three was perfect speed and never wavered as Day attempted to retain the Wannamaker Trophy.
Walker was steady all week using the soon to be released Titleist 917D2 driver (set to 8.5 degrees loft with a UST Mamiya Elements Platinum 7F5 X shaft), hitting over 60 percent of the fairways and averaging just over 284 yards from the tee.
The champion changes brands for the first of his two fairway woods going to a 15 degree TaylorMade M1 model shafted with an Aldila Rouge Limited Edition Silver 80 TX. His second fairway wood is a Titleist 915 FD—18 degrees and a Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 8.2X Tour Spec shaft.
Walker’s 3-throgh 9-iron are the Titleist 716 MB with True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT X100 shafts. These classic blades have a high muscle design and a rounded leading edge for a smooth pass through the turf. The look at address is very nice especially from the squarer toe and thin topline.
His putter is the Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS model that was originally marketed in 2001 though Walker’s isn’t quite that old. The GSS stands for “German Stainless Steel” that provides the low profile blade with the correct feel and sound. It is softer than carbon steel but still gives a crisp impact sound. Walker carries Titleist Vokey Design SM6 wedges of 48, 54 and 60 degrees with the True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts.
His ball of choice is the Titleist Pro V1x.
Note: The final twosome of Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb teed off for the final round at 3:16 pm and finished at 7:21 pm which is 4 hours and 5 minutes. Remarkable. They both should get a medal for showing how slow play can be overcome even under the pressure of a major championship.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?