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Walker takes Sony title for second win in six starts

January 13, 2014
By DOUG FERGUSON , The Associated Press

HONOLULU - Jimmy Walker went seven years and 187 tournaments before he finally won on the PGA Tour. Now he seems to have it figured out.

Walker recorded three straight birdies on the back nine of Waialae Country Club on Sunday and closed with a 7-under-par 63 to win the Sony Open by one shot for his second tour victory in his last six starts.

"It took me a long time to do it," said Walker, who finished with a 17-under total of 263 and earned $1.08 million. "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."

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Jimmy Walker holds the Sony Open trophy after his win Sunday.
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Walker sank a 15-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole, and took the outright lead when Harris English - behind him in the final group - failed to save par from a bunker.

Walker made a seven-foot birdie on the 16th, and stuck his tee shot into six feet for birdie on the 17th.

Third-round leader Chris Kirk had a 30-foot eagle chip from just short of the green on the par-5 18th that would have forced a playoff. It stayed right of the hole, and Kirk made the birdie putt for a 66 to finish alone in second place.

Fact Box

PGA Tour Sony Open

Sunday's Final Round At Honolulu

Jimmy Walker (500), $1,008,00066-67-67-63—263-17
Chris Kirk (300), $604,80064-69-65-66—264-16
Jerry Kelly (190), $380,80067-67-66-65—265-15
Harris English (135), $268,80066-66-67-67—266-14
Marc Leishman (110), $224,00067-64-71-65—267-13
Brian Stuard (100), $201,60065-65-71-67—268-12
Jeff Overton (90), $187,60068-68-65-68—269-11
Charles Howell III (64), $119,00071-67-66-66—270-10
Adam Scott (64), $119,00067-66-71-66—270-10
Matt Kuchar (64), $119,00068-68-68-66—270-10
Kevin Na (64), $119,00070-67-67-66—270-10
Matt Every (64), $119,00069-65-69-67—270-10
Hudson Swafford (64), $119,00070-64-69-67—270-10
Ryan Palmer (64), $119,00065-70-67-68—270-10
Zach Johnson (64), $119,00068-67-66-69—270-10
Hideto Tanihara (0), $119,00066-65-70-69—270-10
Retief Goosen (64), $119,00066-69-66-69—270-10
Pat Perez (64), $119,00068-67-66-69—270-10
Will Wilcox (64), $119,00069-66-64-71—270-10
Ryuji Imada (47), $54,81867-69-68-67—271-9
Stewart Cink (47), $54,81869-69-66-67—271-9
Jason Kokrak (47), $54,81866-67-70-68—271-9
K.J. Choi (47), $54,81867-69-69-66—271-9
Chris Stroud (47), $54,81868-65-70-68—271-9
Heath Slocum (47), $54,81869-69-65-68—271-9
John Peterson (47), $54,81868-69-65-69—271-9
Brendon Todd (47), $54,81870-66-66-69—271-9
Robert Allenby (47), $54,81868-68-65-70—271-9
Boo Weekley (41), $38,08067-67-70-68—272-8
Spencer Levin (41), $38,08069-69-66-68—272-8
Jason Dufner (41), $38,08067-68-67-70—272-8
Brian Harman (37), $30,98769-66-69-69—273-7
John Daly (37), $30,98766-73-64-70—273-7
Michael Putnam (37), $30,98770-68-68-67—273-7
Sang-Moon Bae (37), $30,98763-70-70-70—273-7
Justin Leonard (37), $30,98768-66-69-70—273-7
Brian Gay (37), $30,98771-68-67-67—273-7
Ben Martin (30), $22,40067-69-68-70—274-6
David Hearn (30), $22,40068-70-67-69—274-6
Ricky Barnes (30), $22,40068-69-68-69—274-6
Billy Hurley III (30), $22,40067-69-69-69—274-6
Brice Garnett (30), $22,40067-71-67-69—274-6
Charlie Beljan (30), $22,40068-70-69-67—274-6
Charlie Wi (30), $22,40069-70-68-67—274-6
Peter Malnati (30), $22,40069-69-70-66—274-6
Tim Wilkinson (23), $15,52371-67-67-70—275-5
James Hahn (23), $15,52367-68-71-69—275-5
Chad Collins (23), $15,52371-67-68-69—275-5
Daniel Summerhays (23), $15,52366-71-70-68—275-5
William McGirt (23), $15,52367-72-68-68—275-5
Tim Herron (16), $12,90268-70-66-72—276-4
Y.E. Yang (16), $12,90273-66-66-71—276-4
Greg Chalmers (16), $12,90268-66-69-73—276-4
D.A. Points (16), $12,90270-69-67-70—276-4
John Rollins (16), $12,90269-68-70-69—276-4
Russell Henley (16), $12,90273-65-69-69—276-4
Steven Bowditch (16), $12,90272-66-69-69—276-4
Mark Wilson (16), $12,90268-68-71-69—276-4
Justin Hicks (16), $12,90269-69-70-68—276-4
Brendon de Jonge (16), $12,90268-71-69-68—276-4

Jerry Kelly (65) was alone in third at 15 under. English missed birdie putts on the last three holes for a 67 to finish another shot back.

Zach Johnson, who last week won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the Kapalua Plantation Course, closed with a 69 to finish at 270.

Walker won the Frys.com Open in October.

"The other win was like, 'Yeah, OK, I can do it,' " he said. "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."

 
 
 

 

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