Jimmy Walker, 37, was the hometown hero on Sunday, winning the Valero Texas Open by four strokes over fellow Texan Jordan Spieth. Here’s 17 facts about the San Antonio native.
17 Jimmy Walker Facts
1. Although a Texas native, Walker was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on January 16th, 1979.
2. Walker attended Baylor University, where he excelled on the varsity golf team.
3. Walker’s first professional win came on the Nationwide Tour (now Web.com). In February 2004, a then 25-year-old Walker won the BellSouth Panama Championship.
4. Walker played in 187 events without a win on the PGA Tour and then won three times in the first eight events of the 2013-2014 PGA Tour season.
5. His first PGA Tour win was the 2013 Frys.com Open.
6. 2014 was the first year Walker played in all four majors. He finished in the top 10 in each except for the Open Championship (Masters 7th, U.S. Open 9th, PGA Championship 7th).
7. Walker met his wife, Erin, in 2004 while she was volunteering at Web.com Tour event. Erin runs a successful blog, Tour Wife Travels, which details her life on the road with her husband.
8. Walker is an amateur astrophotographer. He’s had several pictures selected as NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day, which is extremely competitive. You can see more of Walker’s work by visiting his website.
9. Walker did not take his first formal golf lesson until his junior year in college.
10. After his win Sunday at the Valero Texas Open, Walker climbed to 10th in the World Golf Rankings, the highest of his career.
11. Erin Walker was a nationally ranked show jumper.
12. Walker made his Ryder Cup debut in 2014, earning 2.5 points for the United States.
13. Walker has won five PGA Tour events.
14. Walker is on Twitter and has over 15,000 followers. Check him out on his official page.
15. Walker plays with Titleist clubs. At his Sony Open win in January, he used a 915D2 driver, 915 woods, 714 MB irons, Vokey wedges and a Scotty Cameron Newport 2 303 GSS putter.
16. Jimmy and Erin have two sons, Mclain and Beckett.
17. Walker finished 2014 7th in the FedEx Cup standings, earning more than $5.7 million in 27 events played.