Published on February 11th, 2014 | by 2nd Swing1
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Recap
The Winner: Jimmy Walker
Jimmy Walker is far from a household name on the PGA Tour, but he may soon be. This past week at the Pebble Beach AT&T National Pro-Am, Walker won his third victory of this young 2014 campaign.
The 35-year-old Oklahoma City native, who has a total of just six wins in his career now, suddenly found himself among a very elite group of early-season PGA Tour winners, such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and David Duval. He previously claimed the top prizes at the Frys.com Open in October and Sony Open in Hawaii last month.
Walker also managed to bring upon himself more drama to the screen then most scripted television during his final round at Pebble Beach.
With what appeared to be a routine six-shot lead heading into Sunday, Walker wound up bogeying at 12,13 and 17. His lead suddenly was all but washed up on the shores of Pebble’s legendary sandy beaches.
The Sunday Charge
In the wings, long-hitting Dustin Johnson and journeyman Jim Renner shot 6-under and 5-under, respectively, then waited for Walker to make one final bogey and send this tourney into a three-man playoff.
However, with two other successive wins, Walker seemed very poised marching toward the final hole. And he made one final decision that seemed to wrap up the whole tournament: his club selection in the tee box at 18. Walker pulled out a iron to assure him a par and the win.
Ryder Cup Implications
In the process, Walker also took home $1,188,000 — and expanded his lead for the Fedex Cup.
Adding to his phenomenal year, with this successive victory now in hand, Walker has all but locked up a spot the Ryder Cup team.
The red-hot Walker has never played on the team and would get his first crack at team Europe. The U.S. team is in dire need of some fresh young faces.
How would Walker look in the red white and blue? I would say pretty darn good.
Jordan Spieth, 20, also had a great week at Pebble, earning another top-10 finish. This young Texan won’t leave the leaderboard. It was great to see him make a final round charge yet again.
Finally, Renner started the 2014 season like most guys do coming from the the Web.com tour. He lost. Renner had a poor start to season and was having trouble even getting into events.
But while his back was up against the wall, he needed a good week and got it at Pebble Beach with a second-place tie. This is Renner best finish on tour and biggest paycheck to date. With Renner finishing inside the top 10, he earned a spot into this week’s Northern Trust Open.