Jimmy Walker (11-under) snapped the PGA Tour’s run of 54-hole leaders who failed to close the deal.
Walker’s triumph Sunday at the Valero Texas Open — a four-shot victory over Jordan Spieth — moved him to 10th in the latest Official World Golf Ranking. His career best is capped off as becoming the tour’s only multiple-event winner of the season and outright leader in the FedEx Cup standings.
Walker, who is coached by Butch Harmon, has five career PGA Tours wins now and more than anyone else on the PGA Tour over the last two seasons. He also has 15 Top 10s in that span. He won earlier this season at the Sony Open after dropping his 54-hole lead at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Spieth cracked the Top 5 at No. 4 in the rankings with his runner-up finish at TPC San Antonio. He won the tour’s Valspar Championship two weeks ago. He sits behind only Rory McIlroy atop the rankings followed by Henrik Stenson and Bubba Watson.
Spieth knocked Jason Day to 5th followed by Adam Scott. Dustin Johnson continued his hot play. He moved to 7th with this world rankings points earned in Texas with a T-6. Sergio Garcia is 8th followed by Jim Furyk and now Walker, who bumped Justin Rose to 11th.
Walker and Spieth are both in the published field for this week’s Shell Houston Open with the Masters now just two weeks out.
Other Golf news:
- Richie Ramsay collected his third career European Tour title closing out the field at 10-under overall at the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco. It was his first win since the 2012 Omega European Masters. He moved inside the Top 1oo to 77th in the rankings.
- Luke Donald, the former World No. 1 slipped to 50th in the latest rankings and Tiger Woods is now 104th.
- David Frost (10-under) won his sixth career Champions Tour title edging Kevin Sutherland and Tom Lehman by a shot at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic.
- Cristie Kerr, who shot 7-under in her final round, captured her 17th career LPGA Tour title winning the Kia Classic in comeback fashion. Kerr, who was a 66-to-1 betting pick at www.skybet.com to start the tournament, finished 20-under and outlasted Rolex Ranking No. 1 Lydia Ko, who logged her 28th straight sub-par round.
- Walker’s second win of the season snapped the longest streak without a repeat champion since 1994. He led the field in Strokes Gained Putting and Greens In Regulation for the week. He was also a 20-1 betting pick to start the week.