2016 PGA Championship Fantasy Golf Recap
This year of surprises in PGA major golf tournaments continued today when Jimmy Walker took home the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club. This PGA Championship Fantasy Golf Recap is brought you by FanPicks, home of the only cross-sports fantasy contests in the world. Subscribe to our blog for all the top news and previews of the upcoming NCAA, NFL and NBA seasons.
We can say today that luck was fully aligned in favor of Jimmy Walker. During the longest final round of the PGA Championship in 64 years, Walker had three birdies on the back nine at Baltusrol Golf Club. He was able to keep his cool facing the number 1 player in the world, Jason Day, and shoot a 67 to win by only one stroke.
Walker definitely made things hard and dramatic at the end for himself. Day’s 15 feet successful putt on the 18th hole to cut the lead was followed by Walker attempting to reach the green but sending the ball into the long grass. Luckily for him, his 35 feet approach was successful and a small 3 foot putt gave him the victory.
It was a battle for everyone while no less than 10 golfers, including Walker and Day played 36 holes.
Desperately trying to finish the tournament before nightfall, they immediately returned the duos of the third round on the ground for the fourth round. This resulted in golfers completing the last round while Walker was playing his 3rd. Things still ended on a good note for Walker and he became the fourth player to win a first major title this year after Danny Willett (Masters Tournament), Dustin Johnson (US Open) and Henrik Stenson (British Open). The last time this feat was managed was in 2011.
Better yet, this victory allows him to ensure his presence on the team of the Ryder Cup.
Walker was one of the least expected player to take it home and he received more attention for his work in astrophotography, recognized in part by the NASA than his golf career. He needed an excellent performance in difficult conditions Sunday and delivered.
It’s interesting that Walker committed no bogey in 28 holes while the British Open champion, Henrik Stenson committed a double bogey on the 15th, which took him out of the race. Brooks Koepka had done the same earlier.
Day, kept up the pace, determined to join Tiger Woods as the only golfer to successfully defend their title at the PGA Championship. He almost made by hitting an eagle on the 18th hole.