Tour Tracker: Walker wins Sony Open

Jimmy Walker during the final round of the Sony Open on Sunday.

Jimmy Walker during the final round of the Sony Open on Sunday.

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Jimmy Walker birdied four of his final six holes for an impressive 7-under 63 to win the Sony Open on Sunday in Honolulu by a shot over Chris Kirk.

It is Walker's second victory of the 2014 wraparound season, picking up his first PGA Tour victory in October at the Frys.com Open.

Walker leapfrogged Harris English and Jerry Kelly midway through the back nine, and then held on after Kirk failed to make an eagle from just off the 18th green.

Here's how it all unfolded on Sunday:

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Update No. 31: 9:48 p.m. EST

Chris Kirk gives himself a great look for an eagle by settling just short of the green, but his chip runs about 6 feet past and that hands the Sony Open title to Jimmy Walker.

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Update No. 31: 9:48 p.m. EST

Jimmy Walker leaves the door open just a crack after missing a 9-footer for birdie on No. 18, settling for a 7-under 63 to finish at 17 under, two ahead of Jerry Kelly (finished) and Chris Kirk (on 18).

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Update No. 30: 9:41 p.m. EST

Harris English burns the left edge of the cup at the par-3 17th on a 20-footer for birdie, settling for par and he remains at 14 under, three back of Jimmy Walker.

Playing competitor Chris Kirk does make his birdie attempt to jump into solo second at 15 under and will likely need eagle on the par-5 18th to force a playoff.

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Update No. 29: 9:31 p.m. EST

Jimmy Walker is putting this one away, as he makes a 6-footer for birdie on the tough par-3 17th, moving to 17 under, three clear of the field. That's three consecutive birdies and four in his last five holes.

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Update No. 28: 9:29 p.m. EST

Harris English will wish he had his birdie putt on No. 16 back, as he misses at 10-footer to cut into Jimmy Walker's lead, sending it right of the hole. He remains two back with Walker staring at a short birdie try ahead on No. 17.

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Update No. 27: 9:24 p.m. EST

Jimmy Walker is hot at the right time, as he makes an 8-footer for birdie at No. 16 to move to 16 under, two clear of Harris English, Jerry Kelly and Chris Kirk.

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Update No. 26: 9:13 p.m. EST

After a tee ball that found the right rough at No. 15, Harris English's approach leaves plenty to be desired, finding a greenside bunker. A masterful sand shot left him with 4 feet to save par, but lipped out and is now chasing Jimmy Walker.

Currently, the leader in the clubhouse is Marc Leishman, who birdied No. 18 to finish at 13 under.

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Update No. 25: 9:04 p.m. EST

The 47-year-old Jerry Kelly just won't go away, dropping a birdie bomb on No. 15 to move back to 14 under and just one shot off the lead.

And he gave a good line to playing competitor Jimmy Walker as well, as Walker drains a 15-footer for birdie to tie Harris English atop the leaderboard.

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Update No. 24: 8:59 p.m. EST

After sticking his approach to pin-high and 10 feet to the right at No. 14, Harris English moves back into the solo lead with a birdie that pushes him to 15 under, one clear of Jimmy Walker.

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Update No. 23: 8:50 p.m. EST

After find the sand off the tee, Jerry Kelly fails to get his ball to the green on the 14th hole and can't get up-and-down to save par, missing from 15 feet to fall back to 13 under.

Meanwhile, playing competitor Jimmy Walker also finds the sand and leaves himself about 10 feet to save par, which he does to stay tied for the lead at 14 under.

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Update No. 22: 8:44 p.m. EST

After a nice approach from 175 yards, Harris English can't get a 15-footer to drop on No. 13 and he remains at 14 under, tied with Jimmy Walker and Jerry Kelly for the lead.

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Update No. 21: 8:35 p.m. EST

After a pair of incredible approach shots into the par-4 13th hole, both Jerry Kelly (6 feet) and Jimmy Walker (2 feet) are tied for the lead at 14 under with clutch birdie putts.

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Update No. 20: 8:33 p.m. EST

Peter Malnati (7 under currently) is nowhere near the top of the leaderboard, but this won't be a day he soon forgets after an incredible third shot at the par-5 18th.

Sitting in the rough, Malnati thinks he got a bit too much of the ball, but it manages to simply fly in, helping him secure a 4-under 31 on his first nine holes.

Take a look:

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Update No. 19: 8:28 p.m. EST

In a similar spot as Jimmy Walker just moments before, Chris Kirk misses a 6-footer for birdie on No. 12, leaving Harris English alone at the top at 14 under.

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Update No. 18: 8:13 p.m. EST

Jimmy Walker misses a 6-footer for birdie on No. 12 and fails to tie Harris English for the lead, pushing the putt to the right the entire way.

Meanwhile, moments later, Jeff Overton's bogey-free streak ends at 36 holes as he pushes his 6-footer past the hole and drops back to 12 under.

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Update No. 17: 8:13 p.m. EST

Harris English dodges a big bullet at the par-3 11th, making a 10-footer for par from left of the hole to remain at 14 under, one shot ahead of four players.

Brian Stuard has dropped to two back after failing to reach the green in regulation at the par-4 13th, missing a 10-footer to save par.

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Update No. 16: 8:02 p.m. EST

Harris English isn't letting his foot off the gas, as he makes an 8-footer for birdie on No. 10 to retake the lead at 14 under, one ahead of a group of five players.

Chris Kirk also birdies No. 10 to move to 13 under.

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Update No. 15: 8 p.m. EST

And just like that, there is a five-way tie for the lead. Yes, a five-way tie.

Jeff Overton makes his fourth consecutive birdie -- the latest at No. 10 -- to take a share of the lead, while Jimmy Walker and Jerry Kelly also birdie the par-4 10th. Harris English is currently playing the 10th.

Brian Stuard, who held the 36-hole lead, is the fifth player in the bunch after a birdie at No. 12.

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Update No. 14: 7:48 p.m. EST

Harris English retakes the outright lead with a birdie at the par-5 9th, one clear of four players, including Jeff Overton, Jerry Kelly, Brian Stuard and Jimmy Walker.

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Update No. 13: 7:38 p.m. EST

Jeff Overton is quietly making a move toward the top of the leaderboard, picking up back-to-back birdies on Nos. 7 and 8 and is now just a shot behind Brian Stuard and Harris English.

Check out his birdie chip-in at No. 8:

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Update No. 12: 7:27 p.m. EST

That two-shot lead evaporated quickly, as Harris English bogeys No. 8 while Brian Stuard picks up a second consecutive birdie at No. 9 and the two are tied for the lead at 12 under.

There are 12 players within two shots of the lead, including Adam Scott, who is approaching his final hole of the day and is 10 under for the tournament.

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Update No. 11: 7 p.m. EST

Harris English birdies the par-3 seventh for the second straight day. It's his second birdie of this round, and it also gives him a two-shot lead at 13 under.

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Update No. 10: 6:50 p.m. EST

Jerry Kelly's birdie at the sixth is his second straight of the round, and it moves him to 11 under. Kelly is a former champion of this event having won in 2002.

Click here to read Alex Miceli's third-round 5 Things, which includes how Waialae Country Club sets up well for Kelly.

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Update No. 9: 6:36 p.m. EST

Harris English's first birdie of the day, at the par-4 fifth, is a big one as it gives him the solo lead at 12 under. English is searching for his second victory of the season after winning the OHL Classic at Mayakoba earlier this season.

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Update No. 8: 6:31 p.m. EST

Adam Scott has two bogeys in his last three holes, and with five holes left, Scott is two shots back of the lead at 9 under.

Scott is making his first PGA Tour start of the season after notching six top 10s, including two victories, in 2013.

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Update No. 7: 6:18 p.m. EST

Chris Kirk bogeys the par-4 third to fall back into a three-way tie for the lead with Harris English and Jimmy Walker at 11 under.

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Update No. 6: 6:10 p.m. EST

Chris Kirk (12 under) and Harris English (11 under) both begin their rounds with three straight pars. Meanwhile, Adam Scott bogey the second hole – his 11th hole of the day – to drop back to 10 under.

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Update No. 5: 5:54 p.m. EST

Jimmy Walker's birdie at the second moves him into a share of second at 11 under. That means that three of the top four players on the leaderboard right now – Chris Kirk (12 under), Harris English (11 under) and Walker – have already won a tournament this season.

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Update No. 4: 5:31 p.m. EST

Adam Scott birdies the par-5 18th, his ninth hole of the day, to move to 11 under. It's his fifth birdie of the round and he's now just a shot off the lead.

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Update No. 3: 5:15 p.m. EST

Ryan Palmer, who won the Sony Open in 2010, birdies the par-4 third hole to move to 9 under. He's three shots back of leader Chris Kirk, who just teed off.

Check out this video from Saturday's third round of Palmer's incredible second shot at the par-5 18th:

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Update No. 2: 5:08 p.m. EST

Adam Scott makes it four birdies in eight holes with a birdie at the 17th. He's now 10 under.

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Update No. 1: 4:47 p.m. EST

We're about 30 minutes from the final tee time. Among those playing well early today is Adam Scott, who is 3 under through six holes after starting on the back nine. At 9 under, Scott is three shots behind leader Chris Kirk.

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Saturday's coverage

5 Things: Kirk chases career win No. 3; Wilcox, Kelly take advantage; more

Chris Kirk's third-round 5-under 65 Saturday at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu opens a one-shot lead at the Sony Open. But this tournament is far from over as 16 other players enter Sunday's final round within four shots of the lead.

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Friday's coverage

5 Things: Stuard takes led; Spieth misses cut; more

Brian Stuard continues his outstanding play at Waialae Country Club with a 5-under 65 to take the lead while 20-year-old phenom Jordan Spieth can't muster his normal magic in missing his first cut since the PGA Championship in August.

Streb rolls dice and hits jackpot at Sony

Robert Streb rolled the dice and earned the opportunity to play in the $5.6 million tournament, but only because Shawn Stefani chose not to take the chance and fly to Hawaii.

Rose sidelined by right shoulder tendinitis

U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, ranked No. 4 in the world, has delayed the start of his 2014 schedule until at least mid-February because of a mild case of tendinitis in his right shoulder, agent Mark Steinberg told Golfweek.

Shedding light on Singh, Tour's enigma

In more than three decades of professional golf, Vijay Singh has amassed three major championships among his 34 PGA Tour victories and earnings of $68 million. Yet, the native Fijian remains virtually unknown to golf fans, the media and even most players on Tour.

• • •

Thursday's coverage

5 Things: S. Bae leads; J. Daly returns; more

The first-round leaderboard at the Sony Open was familiar in some ways, with 2010 Sony winner Ryan Palmer making an appearance after a 65 and Retief Goosen posting a 66. It also had its surprises with Sang Moon Bae’s 63 and Chris Kirk’s 64.

How it Happened: S. Bae leads C. Kirk by a shot

Sang-Moon Bae broke out of a slump with a 63 for the early lead at Waialae CC. Bae's 7-under round, the best of the morning wave, held up through the afternoon. He leads Chris Kirk by a shot, with Ryan Palmer and Brian Stuard T-3 another shot back.

H. Matsuyama WDs from Sony Open with injury

Hideki Matsuyama’s Sony Open is over before it began. The 21-year-old Japanese standout played all 18 holes of Wednesday’s pro-am, then promptly withdrew from this week's tournament.

Etc.

Woods to open 2014 at Torrey Pines, Dubai

Tiger Woods announced on his website that he would begin his 2014 season as a familiar face in a pair of familiar places: Torrey Pines and Dubai. "Obviously, I've had a great deal of success at Torrey," Woods said.

PGA to make case for 'grandfathering period' on anchoring

PGA of America president Ted Bishop indicated that his organization would be given the opportunity to make a case for a "grandfather period" for recreational amateurs at the USGA Annual Meeting on Feb. 8, which he likened to what was agreed upon for the groove regulations in 2008.

M. Loomis tapped to lead Fox golf broadcast coverage

Fox Sports made it official, tapping Mark Loomis – who has produced major golf events for ABC and ESPN – to be the coordinating producer for all of its golf coverage when USGA events move to the network.

Offseason of giving back shows M.Wie's heart

Michelle Wie’s offseason was shaped by several community service projects she become involved with – some planned and others by chance. The most impactful might have been the afternoon she spent serving lunch to 300-plus homeless in Honolulu’s Chinatown district.

U.S. Amateur champ M. Fitzpatrick leaves Northwestern

Matthew Fitzpatrick, the top-ranked player in the World Amateur Ranking, won’t return to the Northwestern roster in the spring. The freshman announced he will return to England to pursue an amateur golf career.

A. Scott employs surfing buddy as fill-in caddie

Even with confounding doglegs and sturdy ocean breezes, Waialae County Club was hardly intimidating Wednesday morning for the first player and caddie off the 10th tee in the morning pro-am. It was more like a therapeutic four-and-a-half-hour walk for Adam Scott and his caddie for this week’s Sony Open, Benji Weatherley.

J. Spieth shows plenty of drive, if not wheels

There’s much to like about Jordan Spieth, golf prodigy and genuine article. That applies to more than the rare skill that has fueled one victory and four seconds in less than a full PGA Tour season. This is blue-moon stuff, for he is 20 and a year ago had no status after flaming out at Q-School second stage.

Accenture's exit leaves WGC Match Play in limbo

The WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship will be without a sponsor after next month’s event – and its future could include a later date and move from the desert, according to sources involved in the negotiations.

Acclaim eludes Z. Johnson even after TOC win

That Zach Johnson isn't a major favorite was not the point to take home from his Tournament of Champions win; that he outplayed a quality leaderboard was surely cause for applause, no?

J. Blixt chases dual status on PGA, European tours in 2014

Jonas Blixt has every intention of giving it a go, but he understands it’s not going to be easy to maintain memberships on both the American and European tours.

Notes: A. Scott's temp caddie; G-Mac's award; more

Steve Williams won't work Adam Scott's bag this week at the Sony Open in Hawaii; Graeme McDowell reflects on a media award; an amateur legend with pro ties is remembered; plus more news and notes from senior writer Jim McCabe.

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