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August 17 2012

7:48 PM

Walker grabs two-stroke lead

Interview: Jimmy Walker

Following a second-round 62, Jimmy Walker reflects on his play in the 2012 Wyndham Championship with Mark Immelman from SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- When the FedExCup Playoffs are over in September, Jimmy Walker will likely have surgery for the torn meniscus in his left knee.

For now, though, that cortisone shot Walker had in June has kept the swelling down and the pain at bay. And he's certainly making the most of things -- firing a 62 on Friday that propelled him to the top of the leaderboard at the Wyndham Championship.

Walker went out Friday with the mindset of hitting fairways and greens at Sedgefield -- and that's exactly what he did. The Texan hit nine fairways and 15 greens for the second straight day. The difference was that the putts started falling with 26 Friday to 30 in the first round.

"I hit a lot of 5-woods off tees," Walker said. "Kind of boring. I'm playing with J.B. (Holmes) and he's bombing the driver everywhere. I'm just kind of bunting the 5-wood around and hitting good approach shots, that kind of stuff. It was pretty boring looking golf.
   
"Not a lot of drivers, not a lot of 3-woods. Lot of 5-woods and some irons. Just kind of placement, placement around the golf course, relying on hitting good approach shots and making a couple putts."

Walker has yet to make a bogey at Sedgefield -- the only player in the field who can claim that distinction. He made birdies in bunches on Friday, too, twice getting two in a row and finishing with three straight, two-putting the 15th from 42 feet and adding birdie putts of 7 and 6 feet on the next two holes.

Needless to say, Walker doesn't plan any changes over the weekend.

"There's different golf courses where you can just send it all over the place and go chase it but around here you want to stay in the fairway, especially with the rough as deep as it is," he said.

Walker said he tore the meniscus at the HP Byron Nelson Championship earlier this year. The pain continued for the better part of a month, so intense at times that he couldn't bend down to read putts the way he normally did.

The doctors told Walker he'll only miss 10 days to two weeks once he has the procedure and he'll be ready for some Fall Series events. In the meantime, the cortisone shot has done the trick and he's ready to see if he can pick up his first PGA TOUR win this weekend.

"I got that fixed and started feeling pretty good about everything again,” Walker said. “All the stuff I had been working on is starting to payoff."

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