August 19, 2014
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
- Jimmy Walker is No. 2 in the FedExCup standings entering The Barclays. (Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
PARAMUS, N.J. -- While Rory McIlroy was busy winning his third straight start and second consecutive major championship two weeks ago, Jimmy Walker was quietly putting together another strong finish in a major championship, tying for seventh at the PGA Championship after a final-round 65 at Valhalla.
It was his third top 10 in a major this year and though he lost his spot atop the FedExCup standings -- a position he occupied for most of the season -- the 35-year-old has plenty of confidence heading into the Playoffs.
Winning three times will do that. So will playing well, even when six months pass without raising a trophy.
"I would have liked to have won again, but before this year, it had taken 180 times before I had one; and you win three," said Walker, who enters The Barclays No. 2 in the FedExCup standings. "I've played good in the big tournaments and I'm looking to win again. It's close. It's right there. It's just a matter of putting four weeks together, but I've been there."
A big part of the reason is because of his work with Butch Harmon, who he hired in early 2013. It has led to easily Walker's best season of his career and has him in position to make a run at the FedExCup title.
But he also has another Cup on his mind: The Ryder Cup.
Walker locked up a spot on the U.S. team by finishing fourth in the points standings. Next month at Gleneagles, he will play in his first Ryder Cup.
"It's just kind of a carrot at the end of the year," he said of the biennial matches. "I think it shows that you had a really good year to make that team, you've played well and you've played consistently."
Just like another Cup.
Jimmy Walker comments before The Barclays