Walker aims to stay fresh as FedEx playoffs near

Jimmy Walker during his win at the PGA Tour's 2014 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Jimmy Walker during his win at the PGA Tour's 2014 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. ( Associated Press )

Thursday, July 3, 2014

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – We have hit the point in the PGA Tour schedule where the word “playoffs” will be used with much more frequency.

With only seven weeks left and eight tournaments remaining on the schedule until The Barclays kicks off the FedEx Cup Playoffs, players will be jockeying for position to make a run at the $10 million first-place prize.

This week at the Greenbrier Classic, the top two players on the FedEx Cup points list are ready to tee it up. Jimmy Walker leads the way with 2,322 points and Bubba Watson is second with 2,083. The winner of the Greenbrier will be awarded 500 points and 300 will go to the runner-up. Watson could pass Walker with a first- or second-place showing this week.

Players have a year to accumulate as many points as they can, so the plan should be about staying fresh and sticking to a schedule that fits. That’s Walker’s plan.

“I try to stay healthy, pick a schedule and stick to it and get a little rest in the summertime,” Walker said. “I always feel like I kind of hit a wall in the summer so I tried to take some time off and rest and relax here as of late and let the body recoup.”

As for being No. 1 this late in the year, Walker said: “It’s cool, you definitely want to be there at the end of it.”

Just seven weeks remain until the FedEx Cup Playoffs start and it will certainly be important to be fresh and ready to go. Walker, who played only once in June – at the U.S. Open, where he tied for ninth – hopes his time off prepares him for the stretch run.

“It’s going to be fast and furious here at the end,” said Walker.