Jimmy Walker claims first title on PGA TourAmerican Jimmy Walker took advantage of a late collapse by overnight leader Brooks Koepka to win his first PGA Tour title by two shots at the Frys.com Open in San Martin, California, on Sunday.
Three strokes off the pace heading into the final round, Walker birdied two of the last six holes to close with a five-under-par 66 at CordeValle Golf Club. The 34-year-old seized the outright lead for the first time when he two-putted for birdie at the par-five 15th, then made three consecutive pars to post a 17-under total of 267 in the opening event of the PGA Tour’s 2013-14 season.
American Koepka, also seeking a maiden victory on the Tour, briefly led by four shots on the front nine but stumbled with bogeys on four of the last 10 holes on his way to a 72 and a four-way tie for third place.
For the early part of the afternoon, Koepka appeared to be heading toward a remarkable victory in only his fourth career start on the PGA Tour, stretching his overnight lead to three shots when he sank a 10-foot birdie putt at the par-four second.
Singh put some early heat on the pacesetting American, with birdies at the first and third putting the Fijian two strokes off the lead before he stumbled with a three-putt bogey at the seventh.
Moments later, Koepka drained a monster putt from 45 feet to birdie the par-four sixth and briefly move four ahead of the chasing pack. However, Walker birdied the eighth and ninth to get to 15 under and Koepka then three-putted from the back fringe to bogey the par-five ninth for his lead to be cut to just one. Reuters