By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
LAS VEGAS -- Jimmy Walker had to birdie two of his final three holes Friday just to make the cut on the number at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. A 64 early Saturday at TPC Summerlin had the winner of last week's Frys.com Open in the top 10 when he completed his round. He was finished before the leaders even teed off, and he'll slide down the leaderboard as he sits in the clubhouse and his competitors take advantage of ideal scoring conditions, but his solid third round has him in position for a good finish the week after his first PGA TOUR victory.
"I felt good. I got a couple putts to go in, and a couple more went in, and I just kept hitting it pretty solid," said Walker, who hit 15 of 18 greens Saturday and had 27 putts, his best performance of the week in each category.
He made the cut without a shot to spare after shooting 71-68 in the first two rounds at TPC Summerlin. He birdied the 18th on Friday after hitting his 107-yard approach shot to 3 feet; he also made a 6-foot birdie putt at the 16th.
He made bogey at his second hole Saturday but followed with nine birdies and no bogeys. It's been a hectic week for Walker, who visited family in Utah on Monday and Tuesday after winning the Frys.com Open on Sunday in Northern California; he arrived at TPC Summerlin on noon Tuesday. Walker, who photographs the stars as a hobby, missed a lunar eclipse Friday night because of all the activity.
"I didn't know about that," Walker admitted. "My astronomy this week has kind of taken a back seat."