July 30 2011
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- Jimmy Walker will finish his third round more than an hour before the leaders tee off, and he has certainly given Brendon de Jonge and Webb Simpson something to ponder.
The Texan, who tied for fourth in The Greenbrier Classic a year ago, has played his first 16 holes in 8 under and is now tied for the lead.
Walker needs a birdie and an eagle to shoot another 59 like Stuart Appleby did in the final round at The Old White TPC a year ago. It could happen, too. He's got a 595-yard par 5 and 124-yard par 3 remaining.
Walker's round started innocently enough. His first birdie on Saturday came at the second hole when he rolled in a 10-footer. Birdie putts of 5 and 10 feet followed at Nos. 7 and 8, and Walker made the turn in 31.
The former Nationwide Tour Player of the Year, who is looking for his first PGA TOUR victory, has continued to hit it close on the back nine. He's made birdie putts of 6, 7, 2, 5 and 21 feet -- the latter of which tied him for the lead.
Walker's low round a year ago came in Friday when he shot 64 to go with a trio of 67s.