Jimmy Walker will make his first British Open start later this month. (Getty Images/Trotman)
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
Jimmy Walker’s 71 on Sunday at The Greenbrier Classic left him two shots short of his first PGA TOUR victory, but his runner-up finish was enough for him to earn another prize.
Walker was one of five players to earn an exemption into the British Open via the FedExCup standings after The Greenbrier Classic. Billy Horschel, Boo Weekley, Russell Henley and Harris English also earned their way to Scotland's Muirfield on July 18-21 by being among the top five in the FedExCup standings who were not yet exempt for the British Open. They also had to be among the top 20 in the FedExCup standings to be eligible for the exemption.
Walker’s good play at the Greenbrier moved him from 24th to 17th in the FedExCup. At the start of the week, seven players not yet exempt for the British Open were ahead of him in the FedExCup standings. Charles Howell III, who missed The Walker will be making his first British Open appearance and his first start in a major since last year’s PGA Championship.
“I hear Muirfield is pretty awesome, so I'm excited,” Walker said. “I'll get ready.”
Horschel and Henley also will be making their British Open debuts. Harris English played his first British Open last year, finishing 54th. Weekley has played three British Opens, but none since 2009, when he finished a career-best 13th. Henley and English were teammates at the University of Georgia and on the 2011 Walker Cup team, which lost to Great Britain & Ireland at Scotland's Royal Aberdeen.
Five European Tour players – Richard Sterne, Brett Rumford, Mikko Ilonen, Thomas Bjorn and Marc Warren – qualified for the British Open via the most recent Race to Dubai standings.
Eight players also were added to the field based on the Official World Golf Ranking. The OWGR is used, if necessary, to fill the 156-player field. Greenbrier winner Jonas Blixt, Martin Laird, Fredrik Jacobson, Graham DeLaet, Kyle Stanley, Chris Wood and Ken Duke were added to the field Monday, as was Scotland's Stephen Gallacher, who got in as the first alternate after John Daly withdrew.
The winners of this week’s John Deere Classic and Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open also will earn British Open exemptions if not already in the field.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- Midway through the front nine in the rain-delayed final round of The Greenbrier Classic there are now four players in double digits under par.
The two players in the final group are both 1 over for the day. Johnson Wagner, the overnight leader, three-putted the undulating green at the second hole from 40 feet for bogey while Walker did the same from 53 feet at the next hole.
So the gap between the two remains two strokes with Wagner now 13 under and Walker at 11. Jonas Blixt is even par through four holes but he has been joined at 10 under by Steve Bowditch, who just tapped in from 14 inches at the fifth hole for birdie.
Defending champion Ted Potter Jr. has climbed into a tie for fifth at 9 under with Tag Ridings and Jordan Spieth. Potter is 3 under through 12 holes on Sunday.
PGA TOUR player Jimmy Walker and Tampa Bay Championship Tournament Director Kevin Krisle answered fan questions in a Google+ Hangout.
Walker, who already has two top 10s this season, has made 15 consecutive cuts on TOUR, including 9 in a row to finish the 2012 season.
Watch the Hangout below.
Jimmy Walker tied for fourth each of the last two years at Riviera. (Dunn/Getty Images)
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy Insider
In a week like this, I could have written a second Power Rankings the field is so deep at the Northern Trust Open. Consider that none of the following cracked the top 15: Matt Kuchar, Luke Donald, Charles Howell III, Ernie Els, Webb Simpson, Lee Westwood, Hunter Mahan, Jim Furyk, Graeme McDowell, K.J. Choi, Padraig Harrington, Scott Piercy and Peter Hanson.
As it relates to plugging in a one-and-done, I'll reserve my one mulligan on defending champions, so that eliminates Bill Haas. And as much as I love Ryan Moore's possibilities this week, I'm holstering him for later as well.
The pick instead is Jimmy Walker.
My goal in the one-and-done format is to secure a top 10. That may seem underachieving, but many of those top 10s will be top 5s or perhaps a win or two or three.
Walker's wife is due to deliver the couple's second child shortly after the conclusion of the tournament, and they've wanted to sneak this event before the birth. That creates a dynamic that should be highly motivating for a guy already hitting on all cylinders.
In fact, you could draw a comparison to Moore's rise in the FedExCup Playoffs and eventual victory in Las Vegas last fall before the birth of his first child.
Last week: Dustin Johnson; MC
Overall Record: 4-for-6
Top 5s: 2
Top 10s: 3
Top 25s: 4
Missed Cuts: 2
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Everyone has teed off in the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am but no one is going extremely low.
A pair of Texans, Bob Estes and Jimmy Walker, are leading at 3 under. Estes has played six holes at Spyglass while Walker is through three at Monterey Peninsula, starting on the back nine and making an eagle at the 10th hole and a birdie at No. 11.
Estes is playing in his second event of the season after tying for 16th at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. On the other hand, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is Walker's fifth straight start with his best finish a tie for fourth at the Farmers Insurance Open.
A group of nine players are tied at 2 under, including Patrick Reed, Brendon Todd, Peter Tomasulo, Joe Durant, Seung-yul Noh, Lee Williams, Greg Owen, Kelly Kraft and Web.com Tour Player of the Year, Casey Wittenberg.
The skies are cloudy and scattered showers are expected to move in at midday. Another low pressure system enters the area overnight and brings a better chance of showers -- and possibly thunderstorms accompanied by hail -- for Friday.
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Jimmy Walker has just eagled the ninth hole on the North Course to take sole possession of the lead during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open.
Walker birdied the first hole, which is also a par 5, and picked up a birdie at the seventh hole to turn in 4 under. He's one shot ahead of Nicolas Thompson, Bryce Molder, Martin Flores, Luke List and defending champ Brandt Snedeker.
Of that group only Flores is playing the South Course.
The group at 2 under includes 17 players, including major champions Vijay Singh and Trevor Immelman, as well as Scott Stallings, who narrowly missed the playoff on Sunday at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation when he hit his second shot on the 72nd hole in the water and made bogey.
Tiger Woods, a six-time winner of the Farmers Insurance Open, rolled in a 25-footer for birdie on his first hole and remains 1 under through three. Phil Mickelson is even through eight after two birdies and a pair of bogeys.
Woods is playing the South Course while Mickelson is on the North.