Grading the Sony Open
Jimmy Walker, Harris English, and Adam Scott get high marks.
There's a great story about how Jimmy Walker once sent Butch Harmon a $1,200 bottle of wine for helping him out with his swing.
Walker can now afford to send him an entire case.
That's because the soon-to-be 35-year-old became the first two-time winner on the PGA Tour in the 2013-2014 season on Sunday in Hawaii. He also won the Frys.com Open in October 2013.
He shot an awesome 63 that included a back-nine 30 with birdies in three of his last four holes and four of his last six to win the Sony Open.
He has now won $2.4 million on the season (which will please his wife) and we're not even halfway through with January.
Walker told Golf Channel he's sort of getting used to this winning thing.
"I felt very calm and under control. That's what everybody's been saying you have to feel and do when it's time to win."
The leaderboard in Hawaii was crowded all afternoon with Harris English, Jerry Kelly, Chris Kirk, and Walker trading blows but it was Walker who escaped unscathed in the end.
Make no mistake, either, Walker won the tournament. Nobody else lost it or gave it to him.
When closing time rolled around Walker followed birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 with a crazy birdie at the 200-yard par-3 No. 17. It was easily the shot of the day.
He then narrowly missed birdieing No. 18 and slamming the door shut but Chris Kirk (who finished second) couldn't pitch his birdie in from the fringe and Walker won by one.
For Walker the win catapults him to the top of the PGA Tour money list and pretty much guarantees him a spot in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. He now has over 1,200 FedEx Cup points which would have ranked him about 15th in the race heading into the 2013 playoffs.
It also means he needs to mail Mr. Harmon another gift.
Here are our grades for the Sony Open:
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