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Grading the Pebble Beach Pro-Am

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

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"Just drama, man, it's good TV."

That's what Jimmy Walker said to David Feherty of CBS after narrowly holding on to a one-shot victory over Dustin Johnson after leading by as many as six strokes down the stretch on Sunday.

Walker shot a 39 on the back nine but holed a scary-as-hell six-footer for the win on the famous No. 18 hole for his third win in eight PGA Tour events in the 2013-14 season.

The numbers, although slightly skewed, are staggering. No, not the TV numbers, but Walker's numbers.

According to Doug Ferguson of AP Walker becomes the fourth golfer in the last decade to win three of his first eight starts on a PGA Tour season.

The other three are Tiger Woods, David Duval, and Phil Mickelson.

Walker also joins Mickelson, Woods, Vijay Singh, Rory McIlroy, Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, and Kenny Perry as the only eight golfers in the last 10 years to win three times in an entire season.

It's February 9th, by the way.

Like I said, these numbers are a little skewed because the season started in October 2013 with the new wraparound schedule but it doesn't diminish what Walker has done.

According to Jason Sobel, Walker's 1,733 FedEx Cup points would have ranked him fifth in the final FedEx Cup standings last season.

He'll likely move into the top 25 in the world with this win and finally, at age 35, can be talked about with the Matt Kuchars and Steve Strickers of the world.

He can also start thinking about playing in the Ryder Cup this year.

After the drama was over and Walker had calmed down a little bit, Feherty asked him about his swing down the stretch.

Walked said his touch was off a little bit but then noted something that seems to be a trend among winners out here.

"It was nice to make the last one."

Our grades for the Pebble Beach Pro-Am:

PlayerGradeAnalysis
AJimmy Walker has made $3.5 million so far this year. Only 13 golfers did that all of last season.
AJordan Spieth closed with a spectacular 67 on Sunday to finish T4. If not for a third-round 78 he could have rolled with Walker on Sunday.
AI'm more impressed that Dustin Johnson was 10 under and T2 with his future father-in-law and the greatest hockey player of all time playing with him than I am with Walker's third win.
BPhil Mickelson only broke 71 once and somehow finished inside the top 20. Lefty gonna Lefty. I'm just glad we got a day out of him where he went with the double black glove look. One of his best.
DJason Day was my pick to win and he dropped the ol' MDF on me with a third-round 71. Still, Day's only other start this year was a T2 at Torrey Pines. He's fine.
FYou can't ring the alarm on Brandt Snedeker's season yet but you can certainly put your hand on the button. His last four tournaments: Cut-T61-Cut-T58.

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