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Late surge leads Walker to victory at Waialae

January 12, 2014 • National News


Jimmy Walker, second from right, holds his son Mclain, right, as his wife Erin Walker, left, holds their son Beckett, while they pose for pictures with the Sony Open Trophy after Jimmy won the golf tournament at Waialae Country Club, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

HONOLULU (AP) — Jimmy Walker, an astronomy fanatic and now a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, gazed through a glass window across the room to a television that showed his most recent photo of Orion’s Sword.

Walker toiled on the PGA Tour for seven years and 187 tournaments without winning. Now it appears the stars have aligned for him.

That certainly was the case Sunday in the Sony Open.

In a wild final round, where four players were in the mix with an hour to go, Walker followed a clutch par save with three straight birdies to pull away from the pack. He closed with a 7-under 63 for a one-shot victory over Chris Kirk.

That’s two wins in six starts for Walker.

And while it’s still only the middle of January, he’s No. 1 in the Ryder Cup standings.

“It took me a long time to do it,” Walker said. “I felt very calm and controlled. That’s what you’ve got to feel and do when it’s time to win. It’s easy to say, hard to do. Login to read more

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