While most of the country was caught up in March Madness with the NCAA basketball playoffs, Jimmy Walker pocketed his second PGA Tour win of 2015 winning the Valero Texas Open by four shots over fellow Texan Jordan Spieth. The grinding Walker is perhaps the most unrecognized personality at the top level of golf. So as we prep for the Masters, let’s take a quick look.
In addition to being the first player to log two wins, thus far in 2015 on the PGA Tour, Walker, 36, extended his FedEx Cup lead over 21 year old Spieth. Further, Jimmy tops the money list over Bubba Watson with $3,469,349 after adding in his $1.116 million Valero pay check.
Since joining the PGA Tour, full time in 2006, Walker has made 238 starts missing 76 cuts with 2 WD’s. He has now posted a total of posting 5 wins starting in 2014, his best year. The Baylor graduate recorded 3 victories in 2014 taking the Frys.com Open, Sony Open in Hawaii, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, earned a berth on the U.S. Ryder Cup team and advanced to the TOUR Championship for the first time in his career.
So far in 2015 Walker, in ten starts, successfully defended his Sony Open in Hawaii 2014 title and now the Valero Texas Open in front of a delighted hometown crowd. He becomes the fourth area resident to win the Valero Texas Open since David Ogrin (Garden Ridge) did it in 1996.
With just two weeks until the Masters, I’d suggest you start working on letting the name ‘Jimmy’ roll off your tongue like Phil, Keegan, Rory, Adam, Bubba, Henrik and others considered to be in the upper echelon of tournament golf. Why? A Major championship win.
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