Jimmy Walker wins Frys.com Open
Jimmy Walker shot a final-round 66 in the PGA Tour’s season-opening Frys.com Open at CordeValle Golf Club to register a maiden victory on the circuit.
The American trailed Brooks Koepka by three shots heading into the final round, but made a succession of birdies around the turn as his compatriot fell away.
Walker made a fast start, and added birdies at eight and nine to reach the turn on 15-under-par, two behind Koepka.
But the three-time 2013 Challenge Tour winner made bogies at nine and 11, and a Walker birdie at 13, followed swiftly by a Koepka birdie at 12, saw the pair tied for the lead with six holes remaining.
But Koepka bogied 16 and 17 following a Walker birdie at 15, and the latter parred home to register a first victory in his 188th PGA Tour start.
“I think it’ll sink in after a while,” said Walker.
“I’m still feeling the adrenaline right now. It feels like a release right now, but it feels really good.
“I’ve gone through everything. I played on a lot of tours, I’ve won on a lot of tours, and this is the final stepping stone.
“It feels great. I wouldn’t take back anything I’ve ever done or anything I’ve ever gone through to get here.”
Vijay Singh came in second following a final-round 68, with four players – including Koepka and Japanese sensation Hideki Matsuyama – finishing in a tie for third place.
CordeValle Golf Club, California
October 10-13, purse $5,000,000, par 71
1) Jimmy Walker (USA) – 70-69-62-66 = 267 $900,000
2) Vijay Singh (FIJ) – 69-67-65-68 = 269 $540,000
T3) Scott Brown (USA) – 68-67-71-64 = 270 $240,000
T3) Brooks Koepka (USA) – 67-64-67-72 = 270 $240,000
T3) Hideki Matsuyama (JPN) – 70-66-68-66 = 270 $240,000
T3) Kevin Na (USA) – 75-67-64-64 = 270 $240,000
T7) Brian Harman (USA) – 65-74-67-65 = 271 $161,250
T7) George McNeill (USA) – 68-70-62-71 = 271 $161,250
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