2004: Nationwide Tour - Walker off to fast start with 2nd title
Monday, September 26, 2011
Four events into the 2004 Nationwide Tour season and Jimmy Walker is already staring down a PGA Tour card.
Walker, a winner at the season-opening Panama Championship, overcame an eight-shot deficit with a final-round 7-under 65 March 28 to capture the Chitimacha Louisiana Open. He becomes the fastest player to record multiple victories on the circuit. (Dick Mast did it in eight events in 1990).
Walker birdied four of the last five holes including the final three. The string concluded with a 30-foot birdie on the final hole to win.
“Making a birdie putt on the last hole is overwhelming,” said Walker, who finished at 16-under 272 over the 7,079-yard, par-72 Le Triomphe Country Club. “To get two wins this early is really a treat. Everything has been clicking along great for me so far this year.”
One more victory this season will earn an automatic battlefield promotion to the PGA Tour for Walker, who moved up 19 spots to No. 162 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
Rick Price shot 68 and finished second at 273. Third-round leader Robert Garrigus shot a final-round 78 and tied for fifth.