October 16 2013
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
LAS VEGAS -- Jimmy Walker was headed to a drug store to obtain a passport photo after his press-room interview Wednesday at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Walker's win at last week's Frys.com Open drastically improved his schedule for the 2013-14 season, and left him scrambling for a visa for the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.
The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open is the second of four consecutive events in three countries for Walker. He's also playing next week's CIMB Classic in Malaysia and the HSBC Champions in China, his first start in a WGC event. He didn't qualify for the tournament until winning the Frys.com.
Walker said he may have to spend a day in Hong Kong after the CIMB to wait for his visa to China to clear. "I might be like Tom Hanks in that movie, trapped in an airport," he joked.
Walker shot 17-under 267 at CordeValle Golf Club last week to win his first TOUR event in his 188th career start.
Walker finished 10th at last year's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He is from Texas, but has ties to Las Vegas. His instructor, Butch Harmon, is based here. They have been working together since 2012. He said they've worked on "a couple little things." Walker visits Harmon in Las Vegas a few times per year, including for a few days preceding the Frys.com Open.
"He goes to a lot of the bigger events, and I wasn't in the bigger events," Walker said. That's starting to change.