10 things you didn't know about the new USPGA Champion Jimmy Walker
Jimmy Walker won the USPGA Championship with a stunning display of the golf to beat world number one Jason Day by a stroke.
Walker, born in Oklahoma City but now residing in Texas, captured his first major after a long career that has seen him come through the ranks of the Web.com tour through to winning a major championship.
The 37-year-old shot rounds of 65, 66, 68 and 67 to finish on 14-under-par to win wire-to-wire. His final round included 15 pars and three birdies.
He became the fourth first-time major winner of the year, making 2016 the first year all four majors have seen first-time winners since 2011.
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Jimmy Walker
1) He’s very keen on astrology. He owns a telescope and enjoys taking photographs of the moon.
2) He met his wife, Erin, in 2004 when she was volunteering at a Web.com event he was playing in.
3) She is an equestrian show jumper and writes a blog called Tour Wife Travels which gives an insight to what travelling on the PGA Tour is like, however she hasn’t updated it since 2012.
4) His father-in-law Mark Stiegmeier was the 1975 world champion freestyle skier.
5) Walker turned pro in 2001.
6) He played full-time on the Nationwide Tour in 2003 and 2004 and was the player of the year and leading money winner in ’04.
7) He won three PGA Tour tournaments in the first eight events of 2014, after going 187 starts without a victory.
8) He played in the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. He played in all five sessions, winning 2 1/2 points – 1 win, 3 halves and 1 loss.
9) He owns a motorhome which he travels around in with his family.
10) He’s played six USPGA Championships, and has missed three cuts.