Jimmy Walker Wins PGA Tour’s Season-Opening Event in CaliforniaErik Matuszewski
Jimmy Walker rallied to win the season-opening Frys.com Open by two strokes over Vijay Singh, his first victory in 188 career starts on golf’s U.S. PGA Tour.
Walker, 34, shot a 5-under-par 66 during yesterday’s final round at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, California, to finish with a four-round total of 17 under 267. He had started the day three shots behind 54-hole leader Brooks Koepka.
Walker, whose best previous PGA Tour result was a runner-up finish at the 2013 Greenbrier Classic, received $900,000 for his breakthrough title.
The 50-year-old Singh, who was seeking to become the oldest winner of a PGA Tour event since Fred Funk at the 2007 Mayakoba Golf Classic, finished at 15 under par, one shot better than Koepka, Kevin Na, Hideki Matsuyama and Scott Brown.
The Frys.com Open was the first event in the PGA Tour’s new wraparound schedule that bridges two years and includes 45 tournaments over 43 weeks. The 2013-14 PGA Tour season continues Oct. 17 to 20 with the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas and then moves to Kuala Lumpur the following week for the CIMB Classic and then to Shanghai for the World Golf Championships-HSBC Championship.
All six events for the new season held this year will award FedEx Cup points for the first time. The McGladrey Classic is held on Nov. 7-10 in Sea Island, Georgia, followed by the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Mexico the following week. The PGA Tour schedule then resumes in January with its traditional swing through Hawaii before moving to the U.S. West Coast for six events in California and Arizona.