Walker Captures PGA Championship


Published on August 1 2016 6:27 am
Last Updated on August 1 2016 6:28 am


Jimmy Walker did everything required of a major champion on the longest final day in 64 years at a PGA Championship.

And then Jason Day made him do a little bit more.

Walker was standing over an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-5 17th hole Sunday when he heard a roar that caused him to twice back off the putt. Day had just delivered with a 2-iron that landed in front of the pin and stopped 15 feet away for a chance at eagle. The defending champion and world's No. 1 player was down to his last chance -- and he nailed it.

Walker answered, like he had done all day, with a birdie for a three-shot lead.

Moments later, another roar.

Day made the eagle putt, and the lead was down to one.

"There was nothing easy about the day -- really about the week, for that matter," Walker said. "Especially coming down the last hole."

He went for the 18th green, knowing it was his easiest chance for the par he needed to win. The outcome was still in doubt until Walker missed the green to the right, pitched out of deep rough to 35 feet and rolled his first putt about 3 feet past the cup.

Walker calmly made it to capture the PGA Championship, ending a long, wet week at Baltusrol. And he still had just enough strength to hoist the 37-pound Wanamaker Trophy.