Walker wins PGA Tour season opener by 2

Final Round –PGA Tour – Open – CordeValle Golf Club – San Martin, California –

After 187 starts on the PGA Tour, Jimmy Walker broke through for his maiden victory in the 2013-2014 wrap-around season opener at the Open.

Walker (17-under) carded a 62-66 weekend at CordeValle Golf Club to seal the comeback win. Overnight leader Brooks Koepka slipped back recording five bogeys in his final 10 holes to shoot 1-over-72 and finish T-3.

Hall of Famer Vijay Singh was runner-up at 15-under and two back. Singh, who made his first Champions Tour start earlier in the summer, led the field this week in Greens In Regulation (61 of 72 for an 84 percent clip).

Singh and Walker both finished T-4 here a year ago.

Walker captured the title with his putter – making more than 446 feet of putts. He was first in Total Putts Made Distance. He earned full FedEx Cup points and was a 25-to-1 pick at heading into the week.

Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, a Presidents Cup rookie in last week’s competition, finished T-3. It was his best career finish on the PGA Tour. Kevin Na and Scott Brown both fired 64s Sunday to end up T-3 as well.

Other Golf News:

  • David Lynn claimed the European Tour’s Portugal Masters at 18-under. Lynn, 52nd in the Official World Golf Ranking, fired an 8-under-63 Sunday to win by a shot. He was a 66-1 pick to start the week.
  • Russ Cochran (17-under) birdied his final four holes Sunday in North Carolina to win the SAS Championship on the Champions Tour. It was his first victory of the season.
  • Singh and Walker are both in the published field for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas Oct. 17-20.
  • Matsuyama was first in the field at CordeValle in Proximity to the Hole at 24 feet. He was also fourth in Driving Distance. He heads to Las Vegas next week.