Jimmy Walker has officially proven that he’s one of golf’s best

 

Jimmy Walker turned professional in golf in 2001. For years, he was a name nobody knew on the PGA Tour, and has been constantly confused with the legendary actor of the same name.

And then, in 2014, it was quite a turn of events for Walker, who had a terrific season. He racked up three wins right away and he wasn’t done yet.

He also had three top 10 finishes at the majors in 2014 at the Masters, U.S. Open and PGA Championship. His 26th place finish at The Open was also nothing to sleep on.

In 2015, Walker added two more wins to his resume. He also had two runner-up finishes as well, meaning he was close to an impressive seven wins in two seasons.

Despite the success, people were still unsure who he was. Certainly he slowly started to build a fanbase after playing so well but, some believed his wins occurred too early in the season.

But now, with a good performance at the Ryder Cup in 2014, and a PGA Championship win to his credit, he has officially joined the PGA Tour’s elite. Even if it was ever so quietly, like a ninja in the night.

But, the man who wears all black isn’t throwing stars and slinging nun chucks. He uses a sword, and that sword is his deadly putter.

Despite ranking 55th in in the world in putting, Walker was 12th in 2014 and second in 2015. No doubt his putting slump may have had some people on edge during the tournament but, on the last couple of holes, Walker hit the putts he needed to.

However, he hit the shot of his life on the 10th at Baltusrol, where he holed out of a bunker for his birdie. No putter needed.

On 18, he decided to go for it in two and pulled out his 3-wood. He missed the green and ended up in the greenside rough.

Cool as ice, Walker hit a gorgeous flop shot that made the green with tiny bit of spin on it. All he needed was a par for the win.

He had a very long putt for his birdie chance, and this was the moment when his putter caught fire again just like in 2014 and 2015. He hit his lag putt close enough to where it left him with an easy par chance.

The long putt nearly dropped, but nonetheless, Walker knew that he was a sweet par away from his first major and to hold off defending champion Jason Day. The putt dropped, and Walker joined Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson as the only golfers in the last 20 years, to go wire-to-wire for a PGA Championship win.

He also became the fourth first time major winner this season. He joined Danny Willett (Masters), Dustin Johnson (U.S. Open) and Henrik Stenson (The Open), all of those players being in the top 15 in the World Golf Rankings.

And after 15 years of being a pro, Jimmy Walker was a major champion. A great way to cap off one of the hottest stretches of golf in a two-year span.

The man went from 13 years without a title, to instantly getting six wins, including a major. You can bet we’ll see Walker representing team USA in the Ryder Cup this Fall.

If he can help the U.S. squad win its first Ryder Cup in eight years, he will prove yet again why he’s one of the best golfers on the planet.

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WATCH: Jordan Spieth nails this no-look putt

Putting is one of the trickiest things to do in golf. Greens are usually the toughest tests on any golf course as you need to read the slopes to have a shot.

Well, Jordan Spieth makes putting look easy, sometimes too easy. A couple of days ago, he hit a no-look putt as the ball went straight for the hole.

Certainly, jealousy ensues in the minds of golfers everywhere as one can try a no-look putt but may fail a few times. Unless of course it’s a tap-in.

I will say, although I never made a no-look putt, I did make a 20-footer with one hand. That was after hitting numerous putts from that same spot though so no, it wasn’t nothing special.

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WATCH: Brandel Chamblee rips USGA officials on live TV

The USGA made what may be one of the most controversial calls in U.S. Open history on Sunday by giving Dustin Johnson a one-stroke penalty after a ball moved just a wee-little bit on one of the holes at Oakmont. They gave him his penalty after the round was over.

Twitter ended up ripping the USGA to shreds as well. This included star players such as Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler.

So, one of golf’s most critical TV analysts, Brandel Chamblee took on two USGA officials, Jeff Hall and Thomas Pagel right on set. Here’s part of the exchange.

“I’ve played golf for 40 years. I have never nor have I ever seen anybody make a practice stroke that caused ball to move,” Chamblee said. “Have y’all ever seen anybody make a practice stroke . . . and a ball move? Ever heard of it?”

Then, here’s this part of the exchange.

“And let me just get this straight. Y’all, upon looking at the evidence, thought he was likely to have caused it to move?”

“More likely than not,” Pagel responded.

“I’m sorry,” Chamblee retorted. “What about what he did do you think caused the ball to move? And why do you come to that conclusion?”

Chamblee has said things in his interesting broadcasting career that many fans disagreed with. This, is one certainly that a lot of golf fans will give him a golf clap for.

If the USGA continues on the path they’re on, could golf’s toughest major become the worst? Let me know about it on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio!

Source: Golf Digest 


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WATCH: Jordan Spieth was very angry about a tough break

Defending U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth had one of the most unlucky breaks you can get. During the U.S. Open on the par-4 17th, Spieth hit his tee shot and went for the green.

As it landed, it had backspin on it and the ball kept rolling…and rolling and rolling. This left Spieth in a horrible position causing him to shout different things as he walked away angry.

So, Oakmont has proved once again that it truly is one of the toughest tests in golf. Have fun kids!

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Oakmont just broke a guy’s ankle at the U.S. Open

Oakmont is one golf’s most famous courses and is known for being a tough test of golf. The only course people may still say is tougher is Kiawah Island, a course designed by Pete Dye.

But Oakmont stepped its toughness level up by literally breaking a caddy’s ankle. The caddy of Chris Crawford went into a bunker, tripped and busted the ankle.

When golf courses attack. We can safely say that Oakmont looked like NBA legend Allen Iverson who was famous for breaking his opponents ankles (Not literally) with his incredible ball handling skills.

A.I. doesn’t have anything on Oakmont though.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio! It’s U.S. Open time kids! Well, kinda, but it’s been raining…..

Source: Swing By Swing


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Bubba Watson rocks high top shoes at Oakmont

 

Golf has certainly come a long way from the “boring” and “not cool” days and it shows with all of the unique personalities on the PGA Tour, as well as a strong following on social media.

The same goes for style too, as we’ve seen golfers wear snapbacks and high top shoes. Well, the high tops are back once again.

After Keegan Bradley and Rickie Fowler rocked their swagtastic kicks (Bradley even wore kicks with Michael Jordan’s second number, 45 on it) , two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson decided to do the same. His G/Fore Crusaders are custom and Watson even put a little touch on the design of the golf sneaker.

Well, if Oakmont ends up killing Watson this week, he can at least say brought a little swagger for the occasion.

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Source: Golf Digest 


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Fan gets bloodied by errant tee shot at Colonial

This is Tony Finau. Yesterday at the Colonial golf tournament, his golf ball bounced off my head and went back into play 🤕. Luckily I am ok and all I needed was a few stitches. In a very stand up gesture, he showed up at my door step with flowers, chocolates, a get well soon card, and he stayed and talked with us for a bit. @tonyfinaugolf I wish you the best of luck in the tour going forward! -Signed, your new favorite fan, Elisa #iforgiveyou #prettyawesomestory #FOOOOREE #ouch #classact

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Tony Finau is one of the longest hitters on the PGA Tour so an errant tee shot by him could be trouble for fans. Unfortunately, one fan was hit by his shot at Colonial and caused some bleeding.

The good news is that the fan is OK, and Finau made a wonderful gesture by bringing the fan some flowers, chocolates, etc. She shared the pics and told the story on her Instagram page.

Golf can certainly be a dangerous game for a spectator. Many fans have been hit with golf balls but, by the time the balls usually hits him/her, the ball speed has dropped in velocity.

Good to see that she is OK and Finau, who was already a likeable guy, has just earned some extra “You cool homie” points.

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Source: Golf Digest 


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WATCH: First ace on 17th at TPC Sawgrass in 14 years

The 17th at TPC Sawgrass is one of, if not, the most famous hole in golf and for good reason. It’s beautiful, an island green, designed by Pete and Alice Dye and more notably, it’s hard.

Maybe not quite Dark Souls (Video game) hard, but difficult enough and it has a huge reputation for it. Will Wilcox, one of the young PGA Tour pros who has quietly gotten more familiar with fans, did what most people dream of.

Hitting an ace on this tricky one-shotter. It was a historic shot and Wilcox’ celebration was equally as memeorable as he realized what he just did.

The timing couldn’t of been any better as Wilcox, who was struggling to make the cut, needed a couple of birdies to make it. Well, the ace did him well as he did indeed make the cut.

It was the first ace at the famed 17th hole since Miguel Angel Jimenez did it back in 2002. Jimenez is one of the most prolific hole-out artists in golf history and is one of the all-time leaders in aces.

Willcox certainly won’t win the Players Championship, but he can say that he got an ace on one of golf’s most iconic holes. And there’s footage and his golf ball that will last in Sawgrass lore.

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Source: Swing By Swing

 


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WATCH: Jason Kokrak crazy golf shot from stands

We have seen a couple of shots that were hit from the stands before, but not like this. Jason Kokrak was high above on the second deck of the bleachers at the Well Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow when he hit a rediculous recovery shot that had his ball land on the green.

Here’s another view that give you a great idea of how crazy this shot was.

It’s amazing how anybody could even hit a shot into the stands let alone hit out of it, from that angle. I think you and I could hit into these random locations with our eyes closed, but we may have many issues getting out.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio! Is it U.S. Open time yet? Oakmont awaits!

Source: GolfDigest.com 


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WATCH: Justin Rose tries to hit driver from fairway

Ahh, it’s one of golf’s most interesting “stunts”. Drivers are made for hitting off the tee to start a hole but sometimes, when in the fairway, you may be too far away from the flag to go for it.

So, what do you do? Use your driver on the fairway of course. And that’s what Justin Rose attempted to do at the Zurich Classic.

Let’s just say it didn’t go very well. Rose duffed it.

We can certainly say he won’t be the master at it like Laura Davies is. So, if you really need to kids, remove the “S” on your chest and lay up if you have to. Don’t be shy.

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