Jimmy Walker secures his first major title in the 2016 PGA Championship ahead of former world number one Jason Day and Henrik Stenson with a final round 67 to finish at 14-under-par overall at Baltusrol. Previously in the eighth place at the 2014 US Masters, Walker’s stunning win finishes his journey from mini-tour anonymity.
Following the previous day’s delay, Day did a bogey-free charge in the third round which he had to complete early morning, but bogeyed the first and third holes of the final round while Walker went bogey free with his three birdies on the 10th, 11th and 17th holes.
The 37-year-old Texan was able to avoid the bogey in two putts as Day sunk the eagle to move within a shot of him. He got a 2-shot advantage and the final cushion he needed during the 17th. Day seemed to put on his last trick with a unique shot on the 18th that led to an eagle putt attempt but Walker was quick to make a clutch birdie putt ahead of it.
Walker exclaimed that it was an all-day battle. He and Day needed to play 36 holes after the previous day’s thunderstorms. Despite the bad weather, the two leaders pursued their third rounds.
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The victory seems sweeter for Walker after missing the cut in three of his past four majors. He brought home the Wanamaker trophy, and a cool $US1.8 million.
Walker punched the air as a way of celebrating and then approached his caddy with a hug before he did the same with his wife and kids. Day whispered the sweet words ?Well done mate? with a hug. The newest winner of the 2016 PGA relied well on his motor skills and did not buckle despite having to play with the genius and defending champion, Day.
Walker’s win is also America’s as it grabs its first victory this year since 2011 that has seen four first-time major winners in a season.