Top 30 Golfers for the 2016 Majors: No. 21 Jimmy Walker

Athlon Counts Down the 30 Golfers to Watch for Majors Season

They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2016 — 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 Gary Williams.

 

No. 21 Jimmy Walker

Born: Jan. 16, 1979, Oklahoma City, Okla. | Career PGA Tour Wins: 5 | 2015 Wins (Worldwide): 2 | 2015 Earnings (PGA Tour): $4,521,350 (10th) | World Ranking: 22

 

Gary Williams’ Take: Walker started 2015 the way he played all of 2014 (when he recorded his first three Tour wins), and he appeared to be steamrolling toward another career season with two wins and two second-place finishes before the end of May. Shockingly, Walker did not record another official top 10 the rest of the year. He still produced $4.5 million in official earnings and a spot on the USA Presidents Cup team, but he and instructor Butch Harmon are making some changes. He is working on a new release at impact that will have his head looking a little like David Duval’s, and it’s something that Walker and Harmon have discussed for some time. Walker is not an accurate driver, but he remains one of the longest on Tour, and he was second in strokes gained, putting in 2015. However, his greens hit in regulation slipped from 28th to 101st, and his proximity was 137th on Tour. Expect good results in all the Texas events, where his record is astounding.
Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 14
Wins: 0
2015 Performance:
    Masters – T38
    U.S. Open – T58
    British Open – T30
    PGA Championship – Cut
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: 5

 

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