Q&A: FedExCup leader Walker
January 22, 2014
By Mark Stevens, PGATOUR.COM
- Jimmy Walker signs auographs during Wednesday's pro-am at Torrey Pines. (Miralle/Getty Images)
Editor's note: Jimmy Walker is looking to add to his FedExCup lead this week at the Farmers Insurance Open. Walker, who has won two of his last six starts, including the Sony Open in Hawaii two weeks ago, took time from his preparations at Torrey Pines to sit down with PGA TOUR media official Mark Stevens for this Q&A.
MARK STEVENS: What is the best Father’s Day you ever spent with your father?
JIMMY WALKER: I think it was just playing golf. We did a lot of that growing up and I do miss playing golf with my dad. We don't get to do that anymore just because of the job, but getting to play golf with my dad's pretty special.
MS: What is your idea of a perfect day off from golf?
JW: To be at home with my family. We don't get to be at home a whole lot, especially with my schedule. Just being at home watching my little boy ride his bike is really fun.
MS: If you could go back to childhood and change one thing?
JW: It probably would be to not have pulled that chair out from underneath Marci, a friend from school. I've thought about that ever since then and it wasn't a good thing to do.
MS: Best piece of advice anyone's given you?
JW: Don't putt a putt unless you mean to make it.
MS: Do you have any superstitions?
JW: I really don't have any. I do like to play with golf balls No. 1 and No. 3, odd numbers.
MS: Do you have any hidden talents?
JW: I have a really good arm. I can throw a baseball, football about as far as anybody. I can’t throw a NFL regulation ball super far just because my hand isn't strong enough. If you give me a football I can get my hand around, I can throw it 80 or 90 yards.
MS: What was your first concert?
JW: I think my first concert was Garth Brooks and it was awesome.
MS: Best gift you ever received?
JW: Oh, my gosh. I got a pretty fun one for Christmas this year. It was a remote controlled quadcopter drone. It's a blast. I strapped my iPhone to it the other day, it was really fun.
MS: First time you remember watching golf as a kid?
JW: The 1988 PGA Championship. My dad picked me up from daycare and we went and watched it at Oak Tree. I remember seeing Greg Norman.
MS: Do you see your astrophotography hobby growing?
JW: I don't know. I know guys that get asked to work over data from government agencies, the Subaru telescope, so maybe that would be something. I do know people get asked by science teams to do work for them and I think that would be actually pretty cool if you contributed to astronomy.
MS: Does your wife Erin still compete in equestrian competitions?
JW: Erin does still ride. She has quite a few horse shows coming up and she's really good. I'm proud of her and happy that she gets to do that.
MS: She's a huge Denver Broncos fan?
JW: She was pretty pumped to watch the game the other day.
MS: Has she asked you to take her to the Super Bowl?
JW: No, she hasn't said that yet. I want to take her to the Kentucky Derby. That would be fun.
MS: Something about me people may not know?
JW: I'm pretty good with impersonation, not that I'm going to do any for anybody. I can pretty much do anybody. Like if I hear it enough, I'm pretty good at doing it. But you have to have something interesting about the way you talk. You can't just really do anybody.