If you were wondering if Jimmy Walker was the real deal, I think it’s time to start giving the three-time winner some cred. The 35 year-old Walker struggled down the stretch on Sunday, but was able to add the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am to his list of 2014 victories. He started the day with a six-shot lead, and needed every one of them to notch the win on a cool damp day at one of the worlds most beautiful venues.
After making the last of his five bogey’s on the day on the iconic par three 17th hole at the Pebble Beach Golf Links, the Baylor Grad needed par on 18 to avoid a three-way playoff with two-time Pro Am Champ, Dustin Johnson, and Web.com Tour veteran, Jack Renner. Walker ran his birdie putt five feet past the hole but made the come-back putt for the win.
The rest of course is history. With the third win of his career, and the third of the year, Jimmy Walker takes full command of the FedEx Cup points standings, and for the time being, Ryder Cup points. He has a 757 point lead over two-time winner, Harris English, and 793 over Chris Kirk.
“I don’t know if it was just a matter of doing it once and then having it happen again and then happen again,” Walker said after holing a 5-foot par putt on the 18th at Pebble Beach for a 2-over 74. “I’ve always felt like I could win out here, and I think that’s what you have to believe to be out here — that you belong and that you can win. And finally, it happened. And it’s cool that it’s happened a couple more times. Quickly.”
The weather at the Monterrey Peninsula venues were nasty for the entire weekend. Conditions were sloppy, and cool on Sunday, but Saturday was the worse. The winds that exceeded 30 mph at one point forced a delay at Pebble Beach which forced play to halt the remaining venues.
Walker shot a two over par 74 in the finale’, but this was not the first time that this was a winning score at Pebble Beach. Walker was the fourth Pebble Beach winner since 1994 to shoot 74 in the final round — Johnny Miller in 1994, Dustin Johnson in 2010, and Graeme McDowell in the 2010 U.S. Open.
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