There’s no doubt that 2014 FedEx Cup leader, Jimmy Walker can play this game at the highest level, but he fails to capture the spotlight after the tour schedule takes them away from the West Coast Swing.
His three victories during the 2014 Wrap Around schedule came in California, and Hawaii, and he has been win-less since.
He still holds a 200 point lead over Bubba Watson, but Bubba is closing fast. The 35 year-old Oklahoman who played his collegiate golf at Baylor University seems to fade every year when moving East, the grasses change, and the fields get stronger.
Bay Hill was the easiest venue on the Florida Swing this year, but the other three in the rotation played to almost US Open difficulty. Walker passed on all but the WGC-Cadillac in Florida, and finished with a T 25 at Donald Trumps redesign.
Things got a little better for Walker in Texas where he did a T16 at The Valero, and a T24 in Houston the week prior to the Masters. He had a nice finish at Augusta where he tied for eighth place at the year’s first major. He missed the cut at Quail Hollow.
The Players Championship didn’t treat him much better. A 75-68 start has him mid-pack at -2 under par after shooting one under on moving day. He has gotten off to a good Sunday start with three birdies on the front, but is still five back of the leaders as action gets underway for the finale’.
Jimmy Walker is not an outgoing personality, and needs desperately to win a tournament East of the Mississippi River if he wants to get the recognition he deserves, after such a hot start to the season.
Unfortunately, a win at The Frys.com and the Sony Open doesn’t buy a lot of prestige.
The win at Pebble Beach was quality, and I think he may have one more in his bag for the year.
I just hope, for him, that it comes as a quality win somewhere East of Eden(California). Maybe even a Major?