August 18 2011
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Jimmy Walker started strong this season, posting three top-10s in his first five starts. But he didn't get until another three weeks ago in his last at-bat when he finished one stroke out of a playoff at The Greenbrier Classic.
Walker, who shot a career-low 62 at The Old White TPC that week, appears to have carried that momentum with him to Greensboro after shooting a round of 5 under that left him two strokes off the lead. He made seven birdies and two bogeys, one of which unfortunately came on his final hole.
Still, Walker couldn't be too disappointed.
"I hit it really well all day," he said. "Made a bunch of good putts on the back nine, hit some close shots and kept making some good putts. The bogey on 18 is what it is. I caught a little flyer out of this rough which you can do and or you can have a really bad lie and not hit it anywhere. I hit a good pitch and putt on the last hole, didn't go in. Still a great day. I'm happy with it."
Walker said the putter was key to Thursday's performance. He used just 27. while hitting 8 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens. He hopes to continue to ride the momentum into the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.
"I really wasn't worried about the FedExCup yet," Walker, who ranks 63rd, said. "I knew I was in pretty good shape to play two, three, and I just wanted to continue what I did at Greenbrier a couple weeks ago, went home and kept working on the things that were working at Greenbrier. ... (I wanted to) try to carry it into this week and have another solid week and worry about The Playoffs starting. Be playing good and get into the next event."