Posted by: Jennifer | Posted on: August 1st, 2016 | 0 Comments
Jimmy Walker sunk a three-foot putt to edge Jason Day for the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey.
The chaotic week full of storms, delays and head-scratching decisions by tournament officials was behind Walker and the weight of trying to win his first major title wasn’t an issue. With nine pars to open his final 18 at waterlogged and muddy Baltusrol Golf Club, a confident Walker was right where he started – winning the tournament and the battle with his nerves.
Then he delivered two strikes that gave him breathing room on the back nine. And then one last par at the end got his name etched onto the Wanamaker Trophy and into history.
Walker’s first strike came when he holed a bunker shot for birdie from 15 yards on the 10th, the second when he knocked in a 30-footer for birdie on the 11th. The burst of red numbers gave him a 2-shot advantage, and a huge birdie from 8 feet on the 17th made it 3 with one hole to play.
But with Day playing in the group ahead, Walker watched Day make an eagle from 13 feet on the par-5 final hole. Walker, now forced to make a par for the victory, left his second shot short and right in heavy, wet rough.
Walker didn’t buckle. With Day looking on, Walker chipped to 34 feet and two-putted from there, the last stroke from three feet, to close out a bogey-free, 3-under-par 67 to finish at 14 under and topple Day by one shot to win his first major championship.
1 – Jimmy Walker – -11
2 – Jason Day – -10
T3 – Brooks Koepka – -9
T3 – Henrik Stenson – -9
T5 – William McGirt – -7
T5 – Hideki Matsuyama – -7
T5 – Robert Streb – -7
T8 – Padraig Harrington – -6
T8 – Kevin Kisner – -6
T8 – Branden Grace – -6
T8 – Webb Simpson – -6
T8 – Daniel Summerhays – -6