Walker claims PGA Championship for 1st major win

Jimmy Walker current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR) ***Local Caption*** Jimmy Walker

Jimmy Walker current official PGA TOUR headshot
(Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR) ***Local Caption*** Jimmy Walker

Final Round – PGA OF AMERICA – 98th PGA Championship – Baltursol – New Jersey –PGA TOUR

Jimmy Walker out-lasted World No. 1 Jason Day and 36 holes of golf on Sunday to capture the 98th PGA Championship at Baltursol.

Walker (14-under) finished birdie-par to lock up his first major championship. The 37-year-old opened the week as a 125-to-1 long shot at to win the title. Walker’s victory was his sixth career PGA Tour triumph.

Walker, who entered the week at 48th in the world golf rankings, led the tournament wire-to-wire with at least a share of the lead after each round. Day, who made eagle on his final hole, shot 67-67 Sunday to push Walker to the final putt on the 72nd hole.

Daniel Summerhays (10-under) finished alone in third place – his career best at a major championship. Branden Grace, Brooks Koepka and Hideki Matsuyama were T-4 at 9-under and five back.

Open champion Henrik Stenson and former U.S. Open winner Martin Kaymer headlined a group logging a Top 10 effort.

The PGA Tour and European Tour are finishing up regular season play before the FedEx Cup Playoffs and Race to Dubai begin respectively.

The Ryder Cup is fast approaching as well slated for Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Hazeltine in Minnesota.

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