Monday, August 1
JIMMY WALKER WON THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP on Sunday by sinking a 3-foot par putt on the final green at Baltusrol Golf Club. A few moments earlier Jason Day sank an eagle putt on the par-5 18th to pull within one stroke of Walker's lead. It made the 72nd hole more interesting, but Walker, despite an errant second shot that found the rough, handled the pressure and collected his first major title at age 37.
"It was amazing," Walker said after a final-round 67 and 14-under total of 266. "It was a battle all day."
And so 2016 is the year of the first-time major winner. Danny Willett at the Masters. Dustin Johnson at the U.S. Open. Henrik Stenson at the British Open. And Jimmy, the PGA champion.
Some might not like it. Some might prefer a dominating player or two. That might be better for the sport. I don't know. But I think all these first-time winners is pretty cool.