One of the prolific golfers on the PGA Tour 2017, Jimmy Walker, didn’t have to examine ShotLink to realize that he didn’t utilize his primary weapon efficiently in 2016. Anyhow, Walker took a gander at his statistics knowing one section was troubling as an overdrawn bank account.
Although Walker averaged more than 300 yards off the tee, he ranked 183rd in driving accuracy, scoring 48 percent of his fairways. Moreover, it was the only region of his game where he was giving away strokes on the field.
But, again, digging stats for clues to his shortcomings wasn’t necessary. Evaluating his performance in the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club was sufficient. In this tournament, he took out World No. 1 Jason Day by one stroke to grab his first major title and only win of the season. Walker clubbed the Lower Course for a 14-under 266, performance driven by, well, his driver.
That week Walker hit 34 of 54 fairways, setting him up for an all-around flawless performance. Obviously, he’d get a kick out of the chance to repeat this performance.
In an interview, Walker said that “If you look at that week, I drove the ball exceptionally well. I know when I’m driving it well, the rest of it sort of falls in line which bleeds into the rest of my game”. Currently, Jimmy is stationed at the Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort, Hawaii. He is one of 32 golfers competing in this week’s SBS Tournament of Champions.
The Texan, who turns 38 on Jan. 16, is hardly alone in feeling like his game is overpowered by his proficiency off the tee. The late Arnold Palmer extracted inspiration from well-struck drives. Even Jack Nicklaus said his most important club was the driver because it enabled him to stand out among his peers in more ways than just distance. A handful of players today feeds off the driver more than FedEx Cup winner Rory McIlroy.
Jimmy, who has won six times on the PGA Tour, is a consistent all-around player. However, he doesn’t adore recovery shots like Phil Mickelson or Tiger Woods, maestros from the tree lines. He is more of a point-A-to-point-B precision player.
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