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October 14 2013

2:11 PM

Walker makes history in win

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Jimmy Walker won the Open despite hitting just over one-third of his fairways.


Jimmy Walker put himself on a number of lists when he won the Open – PGA TOUR champions, FedExCup leaders, 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions qualifiers – but also found himself on a slightly less illustrious list: Least accurate drivers among TOUR champions.

Walker hit just 22 of 56 fairways this week (39.3 percent) to finish dead last in the field among those who played four rounds. That number is tied for the third worst percentage for an event winner since 1983. It's not all bad, though. Walker joins Tiger Woods on this list and left CordeValle with his first title, more than two years of job security and the lead in the FedExCup race.

Here’s a look at the top 5:

Year Tournament Player Percentage Fairways hit No. of Fairways
1988 Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic Tom Sieckmann 33.9% 19 56
1989 Shearson Lehman Hutton Open Greg Twiggs 37.5% 21 56
2013 Open Jimmy Walker 39.3% 22 56
2005 WGC.American Express Tiger Woods 39.3% 22 56
2012 Sony Open in Hawaii Johnson Wagner 41.1% 23 56

Walker made up for the driving inaccuracies by hitting 24 of 34 greens (70.6 percent) when he missed the fairway and leading the field in strokes gained-putting (+3.07), Total distance of putts made (446 ft.) and putts made from outside 10 feet (14).

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