Pictures from Jimmy Walker's nine-shot win in the Sony Open in Hawaii of 2015
Jimmy Walker walked away with the Sony Open in Hawaii by closing with a 7-under 63 to win by nine shots, the largest victory margin on the PGA Tour in nearly six years. Walker closed out the event superbly, shooting 62 and 63 in his weekend rounds. Last week at the Tournament of Champions he was three shots ahead with five holes to play but failed to take victory, losing to Patrick Reed in a playoff. This time there was no slip up. He made seven birdies over the final 11 holes, and took a total of 20 putts on the back nines of this third and fourth rounds combined.
Scott Piercy finished with a 66 to leave him alone in second.
Matt Kuchar, who started the final round two shots behind leader Walker made a birdie-less 71 to tie for third with Harris English and Gary Woodland, who each had a 67.
Quickly out of the block on day had been Webb Simpson who shot 62 on day one. This was the first time that Simpson had shot 62 on tour, it was also the first time since 2004 that he used a conventional putter. His U.S. Open title at Olympic Club in 2012 had made him the second player, after Keegan Bradley in the 2011 PGA Championship, to win a Major using a belly putter.
Sixteen-year-old local Kyle Suppa made the halfway cut at the Sony Open, 10 strokes behind after successive 69s. But there was a further cut after day 3 as well, and this he missed by two shots having shot 71 on Saturday. Suppa, who qualified by winning the Hawaii amateur stroke play, which he did so by six shots, attends Punahou School in Honolulu, where US President Barack Obama was a pupil.