Jimmy Walker wins his first Major title, wire to wire, the 98th PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club.
In a PGA Championship that had everything, a Maiden Major winner, a wire to wire victory, rain delays, 36 holes for the leaders on the last day, the greens were not cut or rolled for the last round, preferred lies, for first time in the tournament’s history, the defending Champion, and World number one Jason Day making Eagle at the last hole to put the pressure on Jimmy, this tournament had it all.
Jimmy made par on the last hole, after going for the par five green in two, and missing, leaving him an awkward chip to the green and a two putt, to win the Wanamaker Trophy by just one shot at -14 under par, following his final bogey free round of -3 under par 67.
Jimmy joins Danny Willett (Masters), Dustin Johnson (U.S. Open) and Henrik Stenson (British Open) as first-time Major Champions this season, and he aid it is amazing;
“Just to be in it and be there and have a chance and then to finish it off is just so gratifying, it really is.”
“Everything I’ve done up to this point, helped this happen. It feels sweet. It’s amazing.”
“I would have said it would have happened the last couple of years, the way I was playing.”
“I just had not quite played as well as I would have liked to this year but I knew it was close. I felt some things were clicking last week.”
“I really like Jason. He’s a quality guy and it’s been fun to watch what he’s been doing with golf over the last year and a half. I wouldn’t expect anything less.”
After his magnificent Eagle on the last Jason was disappointed he had settle for second place, he too posted a last round -3 under par 67, for a tournament total of -13 under par;
“It was nice to get the eagle, just to try and make Jimmy think about it, but obviously Jimmy just played too good all day.”
“The birdie on 17 was key for him.”
“I’m a little disappointed but at the end of the day, I came in here with not the greatest preparation. I’m very, very happy with how I played all week.”
“I know exactly how Jimmy feels because I did exactly that last year.”
“So it was actually quite nice to be able to see him celebrate with his family and friends there. I know exactly that feeling, and he’s a very deserving winner.”
Daniel Summerhays claimed third place, at -10 under par, he shot a final round -4 under 66, and -10 under par, which was a big thrill for him;
“What a thrill, I’m still shaking a little bit.”
“Just to have a chance to maybe win a major championship was a thrill of a lifetime.”