2016 is in fact the year of the first time major winner. All four major winners from this season had never won a major championship. This week was all about Jimmy Walker. Walker, who before this week, had 5 PGA wins to his name with his first occurring in 2013. Walker looked unstoppable all week. He was able to win wire-to-wire by holding at least a share of the lead after every round.
Walker was very consistent all week by shooting in the 60s each round. On Sunday, many of the players were forced to play 36 holes due to the inclement weather. Walker shot a third round score 68 before teeing off for the final round. Walker’s final round was about limiting his mistakes and making pars. On the third hole, Walker hit his drive off to the right into the woods. From there, he was able to find the green and two putt for his par. Even when Walker found trouble, he was able to find a way to make par. Walker made his first birdie of the round on the 10th hole when he holed a green side bunker shot. He also birdied holes 11 and 17.
2015 PGA Champion Jason Day was in contention all day Sunday. Day needed to make something happen on the final two holes, both of which were par 5’s. Day missed a short birdie putt on 17. On 18, Day now trailed by 3 shots. From the fairway, he hit his approach to 10 feet to set up an eagle chance. Day drained the eagle putt to get within one shot.
Jimmy Walker now needed a par to win the PGA. He hit an iron off the tee and then went for the green with a 3 wood. From the greenside rough, Walker pitched over the pin to 20 feet. Walker would two putt to win his first career major. His last 28 holes were played bogey free.
That puts a wrap on 2016 major golf. Despite this, the golf world still has its return to the Olympics and we still have the FedEx Cup playoffs coming up later this month.