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Top 30 Golfers for the 2015 Majors: No. 12 Jimmy Walker


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2015 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee.

No. 12: Jimmy Walker

Born: Jan. 16, 1979, Oklahoma City, Okla. | Career PGA Tour Wins: 4 | 2014 Wins (Worldwide): 3| 2014 Earnings (PGA Tour): $5,787,016 (4th) World Ranking: 13

2014 Key Stats

      Total Driving: 78 (2nd)

      Greens in Regulation Percentage: 69.03% (8th)

      Final Round Scoring Average: 68.92 (3rd)

Brandel Chamblee's Take

Walker has improved his position on the money list every year since 2005, climbing from 207th to fourth in 2014. He is among the longest players off the tee and is now one of the best wedge players, and yet his greatest strength is in his flawless putting technique and ability to handle big moments. These are the attributes that made Tiger, Phil, Ernie and Vijay so dominant, and although Jimmy is a little late coming to the party, he still has four or five years to make up for the time he spent toiling among the middle class on Tour. In addition to winning three times last year, he finished eighth at The Masters, sixth at the Players Championship, ninth at the U.S. Open and seventh at the PGA Championship. To continue his climb up the world rankings, he likely has to win one of these events this year — and it would surprise no one if he did.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 35
Wins: 0

2014 Performance:
Masters - T8
U.S. Open - T9
British Open - T26
PGA Championship - T7

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - T8 (2014)
U.S. Open - T9 (2014)
British Open - T26 (2014)
PGA Championship - T7 (2014)
Top-10 Finishes: 3
Top-25 Finishes: 4
Missed Cuts: 4

—Brandel Chamblee is lead analyst for the Golf Channel. Be sure to follow him @ChambleeBrandel on Twitter.

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