Whoever said you can’t have an exciting golf tournament without Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia, or Henrik Stenson obviously didn’t keep an eye on The Sony Open this past weekend. At one time on Saturday, there were seven golfer tied for the lead, and that roller coaster continued right through Sunday’s final action from Waialae Country Club. Jimmy Walker put an end to the Hawaii loop with his second win since the new season began back in October.
Jimmy Walker put a bogey-free -7 under par 63 together on Sunday afternoon and was the one lifting the trophy as the sun was setting in perfect conditions on Oahu. A five under performance down the stretch on the back nine put an exclamation point on a career that has struggled since 2001.
Walker is the first two-time winner in the new season, leads the tour in FedEx Cup points, and in a Ryder Cup year, has an early lead for a spot on Captain Tom Watson’s Team USA.
Jimmie Walker is 34 years-old, was born in Oklahoma City, and played his collegiate golf at Baylor University. He makes his home in San Antonio.
He has two wins this year, Three victories on the Nationwide Tour, and the only cut he ever made in a major was a T21 at the 2012 PGA Championship.
“It took me a long time to do it,” Walker said. “I felt very calm and controlled. That’s what you’ve got to feel and do when it’s time to win. It’s easy to say, hard to do. But today was awesome. Really cool golf.”
With birdies at 15, 17 and 18, Chris Kirk simply couldn’t make enough birdies to win on Sunday. He finished at -16 under par, one stroke off the pace. 43 year-old Jerry Kelly put up a valiant effort to win his second Sony Open, but fell off the pace with a bogey at 14. He finished in sole possession of third place at -15 under par.
The odds-on favorite when play started on Sunday was Harris English. After a birdie at 14, he made a bogey at 15, and was not able to make any birdies down the stretch on the final thee holes.
The 23 year-old from Valdosta, Georgia spent a lot of time in the bunkers around the greens at Waialae, and was making pars when he needed birdies. English finished in fourth place at -14 under par.
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