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Flawless Walker Wins Sony Open in Hawaii
Jimmy Walker’s flawless seven-under-par final round of 63 saw him win the Sony Open in Hawaii by one shot from Chris Kirk.
Walker picked up his first PGA Tour win back in October when he triumphed at the Frys.com Open, picking up seven birdies around the Waialae Country Club course to finish 17-under par for the tournament.
The lead changed hands on multiple occasions in the warm surroundings of Honolulu on Sunday, with Kirk, Jerry Kelly and Harris English all scoring well to remain in contention until the final throes of the contest.
Kirk began the day with the clubhouse lead but a bogey on the fourth hole created a stumbling block early on. He managed to pull himself back into the contest with six wonderful birdies across the last 10 holes; finishing a stroke behind Walker.
A shot further back was Kelly, with the tour veteran signing for a five-under par 65.
Harris English bobbed around the top five places throughout the day, rarely allowing his standard of play to falter, and earned himself a very decent three-under par round of 67 after birdies on five, seven, nine, 10 and 14, with bogeys on the eighth and 15th.
Walker started the season having achieved 19 top-10 finishes from 187 PGA Tour starts without taking victory, but after two-putting for par from seven feet on the 18th hole he was able to celebrate winning a second title from his last six events.
The 34-year-old later spoke to pgatour.com, saying: "Today was awesome. I felt in control all day."
Masters Champion Adam Scott ended his game with a 12-way tie for eighth place by finishing 10-under-par for the tournament.