Grading the Sony Open

Jimmy Walker already has two wins on the 2013-2014 season. (Getty Images)
Jimmy Walker already has two wins on the 2013-2014 season. (Getty Images)

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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 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:

A Jimmy Walker won zero tournaments in his first 187 starts and has now won two of his last six (via Justin Ray of ESPN).
A Harris English tried as hard as he could to follow up Russell Henley's win from 2013 and turn this event into the Georgia Bulldog Invitational. In the end, though, the 24-year-old was undone by a bogey on No. 15 and couldn't make up the ground.
B I think I get to hold Adam Scott to a different standard in a field like this. He finished T8 and made a run at the top with a final-round 66 but it wasn't enough.
B Zach Johnson couldn't go back-to-back in Hawaii but he had a good showing regardless at 10 under and a T8 finish. He was my lock for top 10 so I'm pleased.
B A great showing from big John Daly. He finished T32 but was in a real position to make a run on Sunday. His best finish on the PGA Tour since the 2012 PGA Championship.  
C No follow up win from Russell Henley and a disappointing first round put him way out of contention on the weekend. Still managed a round of 65 but finished outside the top 50.  
F Jordan Spieth missed a cut for just the sixth time in his young career with a 1 over score (cut was 1 under). He'll bounce back but a disappointing end to his first trip to Hawaii.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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