Walker wins, Aussies finish well at Sony Open
American Jimmy Walker birdied four of the last six holes to win his second PGA Tour title by one shot over fellow countryman Chris Kirk at the Sony Open in Hawaii on Sunday.
The 34-year-old, who had trailed by two strokes overnight, fired a flawless seven-under-par 63 at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu.Australia’s Marc Leishman finished in 5th place (Credit: Anthony Powter)
Walker had previously gone seven years and 187 tournaments before he finally won on the PGA Tour. The win in the Sony Open was his second tour victory in his last six starts.
“It took me a long time to do it,” said Walker who won the Frys.com Open last October, the first tournament of the new wraparound season.
“I felt very calm and controlled. That’s what you’ve got to feel and do when it’s time to win. It’s easy to say, hard to do. But today was awesome. Really cool golf.”
Six players held at least a share of the lead during an up-and-down final round but Walker made his timely charge with birdies at the 13th, 15th, 16th and 17th to post a 17-under total.
With the new wraparound schedule granting full FedExCup points for the 2014 race, this second win has Walker climbing to the top of the standings.
“I’ve always felt like I belonged, and you need affirmation every now and then,” said Williams.
“The other win was like, ‘Yeah, OK, I can do it.’ I did it, and I was supposed to be able to do it. Everybody told me I was supposed to do it, and I finally did it. And then it’s, ‘Well, are you going to be the guy that won that you never hear from again?’ It’s nice to get it done and do it again today.”
Jerry Kelly finished in third position at 15-under, a stroke ahead of Harris English, with Aussie Marc Leishman the best of the Australians finishing at 13-under and in fifth position.
Masters champion Adam Scott, in the first group on the back nine, went out in 30 and was one shot out of the lead just as the final group was starting play.
Over the closing holes Scott’s driving let him down to have him eventually finish in a tie for eighth at 10-under (seven shots behind), and after a tie for sixth last week at Kapalua, heads into a six-week rest period before returning to golf in Florida.
Robert Allenby recorded another top-20 finish on the PGA Tour to be at 9-under and in a share of 20th after a T16 in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Mexico last November as he attempts to put a horror 2013 season behind him and secure his first win on the PGA Tour since 2001.
Greg Chalmers, Steven Bowditch, John Senden and Stuart Appleby all made the weekend, with Bronson La’Cassie’s maiden run as a fully exempt PGA Tour card holder not getting off to the start he hoped for when he missed the cut along with Scott Gardiner.