In one sense Jimmy Walker’s steady play was the opposite of what fans commonly associate with the mercurial Phil Mickelson. But as Jimmy Walker finished off a 65-66-68-67 PGA Championship that even Jason Day’s late heroics couldn’t top, the 37-year-old Texan became the first golfer to grab the Wanamaker Trophy after leading wire-to-wire since Phil Mickelson did it — also at Baltusrol — in 2005.
Walker’s two-putt par on the 18th hole was enough to withstand World No. 1 Jason Day’s eagle on the same hole minutes earlier. It was Walker’s first major. Mickelson won two more majors since that Baltusrol domination– he was 35. Walker will be hoping for similar results going forward.