Walker holds off Day to win PGA Championship
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. Five-time PGA Tour winner Jimmy Walker made it No. 6 and his first major title with a three-foot par putt on the final hole to win the PGA Championship and beat defending winner Jason Day by a stroke.
Days eagle 3 on Baltusrol Golf Clubs par-5 18th hole forced Walker to make no worse than par to win that first major. He did, making it an adventure by hitting his long second shot into the rough right of a greenside bunker. He chipped well past the hole 33 yards away and then two-putted from 33-feet away for the victory.
By doing so, Walker collected 3,600 Ryder Cup points that put Hazeltine National Golf Club this September in site and won for the first time since beating fellow Texan Jordan Speith in Walkers hometown of San Antonio in 2015.
Winning wire-to-wire at Baltusrol from Thursday to Sunday, Walker completed a major-championship season won by first-time winners in all four: Englishman Danny Willett won the majors, Dustin Johnson broke through and won the U.S. and Swedens Henrik Stenson finally win his first as well, by outdueling Phil Mickelson to win the British Open.
Walker completed a marathon day in which the entire field started at 7 a.m. and more than half the field played 36 holes after Saturdays third round was suspended in mid-afternoon by thunderstorms that soaked an already wet course.
Walker, 37, finished birdie-par to win. He made a testing birdie putt at the par-5 17th, getting it to rim around the cup on the right side and fall in, right after he heard the roar that Day put himself into position for an eagle putt on No. 18.
Sometimes things dont come easy, Walker said in a post-round television interview, and golf isnt an easy game.
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