Jimmy Walker hoping to take form into middle of season

Jimmy Walker will happily swap his traditional early season success for finding form when it really matters as he tries to defend his Valero Texas Open title.

Phil Casey
by Phil Casey
21st April 2016

article:21st April 2016

Early-season expert: Jimmy Walker.
Early-season expert: Jimmy Walker.

Jimmy Walker will happily swap his traditional early season success for finding form when it really matters as he tries to defend his Valero Texas Open title.

After 187 PGA Tour events without a victory, Walker won three times early in the 2014 season and added two more titles before the end of March last year.

The 37-year-old made a successful defence of the Sony Open in Hawaii with a nine-stroke winning margin, having lost a play-off to Ryder Cup team-mate Patrick Reed in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions the previous week, and then beat fellow Texan Jordan Spieth by four shots at TPC San Antonio.

That win took Walker into the world’s top 10 for the first time, but he has since fallen to 25th in 2016.

“I knew that with what I’ve done the last two years, you’re going to come to a point it’s probably not going to happen and we’ve hit it,” Walker said.

“I would love for the year to really start to take off in the middle of the season this year. Or the end. How cool would that be?

“You never know when you’re going to get hot. I’ve gotten hot in the last two years right out of the gate. It may start this week, maybe next week… who knows?

“I think we’re sitting like 30th in FedExCup Points or something (actually 35th) and so it’s been a good year. It hasn’t been (as good as) the last two years, but it’s been good so far and I think I’m optimistic for the rest of the year.”

Walker certainly has plenty to aim for in the middle of a crowded 2016, which sees the US Open, Open Championship and US PGA crammed into a seven-week period to make room for the Olympics.

And to that end the five-time PGA Tour winner has been working on some weaknesses in his game which he identified after finishing 29th in the Masters.

“I feel like I’ve just been missing out just a little bit here and there,” Walker added. “I got home from Augusta, did some crunching numbers and stuff and just looked at some areas where I might be able to improve and saw some holes.”


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