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Jan 19

Jimmy Walker Defends Title in Hawaii

Jimmy Walker drives off the 12th tee box during the final round of the Sony Open golf tournament, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Honolulu. Photo: Hugh Gentry, AP / AP

Photo Credit Hugh Gentry, AP

Jimmy Walker successfully defended his Sony Open title this week as he posted rounds of 62 on Saturday and 63 on Sunday to dust the field by nine shots.  Walker proved that last weeks glitch at the TOC at Kapalua was just that, a brief hiccup in his ascension  as a top player in the world and someone who has be thought of as a contender in the future WGC events and Majors.  Waialae Country Club proved to be the tonic for Walker as he amassed 29 birdies to just six bogies for the tournament.  The last two of those bogeys came in his Saturday round.   At one point Saturday Walker had a streak of 11 straight one putts.  It was pretty easy to see he had forgotten about the playoff loss earlier in the week to Patrick Reed.  With Walker’s top ten driving distance and silky putting stroke you can see why he has won four times of his last 32 starts.  When a player hits close to 82% of greens in regulation and ranks #1 in putts per green in regulation, shooting 63 on Sunday of a PGA Tour event usually calculates into a big paycheck and a trophy.  This time it did both for Jimmy Walker.

As the PGA Tour moves to the mainland it left plenty of interesting stories behind for us to chew on.  First there was the victory by Patrick Reed last week in the Tournament of Champions, proving he is here to stay and take his personality as you will but he will be a player to be dealt with.  Jimmy Walker continues to impress with his solid overall game and good manner.  Congrats to Chris Kirk who shot 62 at the TOC last week and was then drug tested just to see if the PGA Tour had anything to worry about.  Matt Every played with a bent 4 iron in his bag for nine holes and didn’t really know about it thus ending his Sony Open prematurely.  Tim Clark showed off a new right hand low chip shot he is working on and should still be working on.  Robert Allenby was supposedly kidnapped, beaten, robbed and dumped this week after attending a wine bar.  Allenby’s scares tell all that something definitely happened but nobody really knows yet.  Finally in Abu Dhabi  Major winner Martin Kaymer botched a 10 shot lead on Sunday to lose the HSBC Golf Championship to Gary Stal.  So much action all over and the LPGA hasn’t even got going yet.  The Superbowl is set and the Phoenix Open in February keeps amending its conduct rules toning down the funnest event on tour.  What a year this is going to be!

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