August 1, 2016
Texan Jimmy Walker takes 2016 PGA Golf Title in style at Baltusrol
by Steve DiMeglio, USA TODAY’S Sports
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — Texan Jimmy Walker was just moseying along Sunday afternoon, looking at ease despite his name resting atop the leaderboard on the final day of the 98th PGA Championship and World No. 1 Jason Day and reigning British Open Champion Henrik Stenson on his heels.
Texan Jimmy Walker wins in style
The chaotic week full of storms, delays and odd decisions by tournament officials was behind Walker and the weight of trying to win his first major title wasn’t an issue. With nine pars to open his final 18 at Baltusrol Golf Club, a comfortable and confident Walker was right where he started – still in the lead.
Then he delivered, fittingly enough, two lightning bolts that gave him the breathing room that he would need at the end. And just over two hours after he made the turn for home, Walker’s name was etched onto the Wanamaker Trophy and into history.
His first bolt came when he holed a bunker shot for birdie from 15 yards on the 10th, the second when he knocked in a 30-footer for on the 11th. The burst of red numbers gave him a 2-shot advantage, and a huge birdie from 8 feet on the 17th gave him the final cushion he needed to hold off Day to win his first major championship.
Jason Day, 2015 PGA Golf Champion finished Runner-Up
With two putts from 34 feet on the final green, the last from 3 feet, Walker polished off a final-round, 3-under-par 67 to finish at 14 under and topple Day by one shot. Day made an eagle on the final hole from 13 feet to force Walker to make his final putt for the win.
Walker won wire-to-wire, shooting 65-66-68-67. He is the fifth consecutive first-time winner in a major.
Australia’s Jason Day closed with a 67.Daniel Summerhays shot 66 to finish at 10 under and in solo third. The finish earned him an invitation to next year’s Masters.