Walker focused on improving play in Britain
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
ABERDEEN, Scotland – Jimmy Walker has learned a lot in 2014.
He has learned how to win – three times this season on the PGA Tour, in fact.
He is getting that Ryder Cup feeling, which he had never experienced.
And he has learned not to fly through London's Heathrow Airport, which every experienced traveler has come to realize.
“It was a cluster,” Walker said Tuesday of one of the world's busiest airports, where his two bags temporarily were lost. “I called and they didn’t know where they were. How could that be?”
Walker, 35, eventually got his bags by early Tuesday morning, and although his clubs made the trip on time he didn’t decide to play any golf until later in the day.
Now his next challenge will be to get a better handle on links golf before Thursday's start of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen. His first go-round with the traditional ground game went to the course with a 36-hole knockout from the Open Championship last year at Muirfield.
“It's only my second time to play links golf," said Walker, a native Oklahoman who played at Baylor and lives in Texas, "so that's why I wanted to come over and try and get a couple more looks at it before next (week's open Championship at Royal Liverpool). But definitely here to compete and play well and have a chance.”
Walker called his second-round 79 in last year's Open at Muirfield a shock because of how much the golf course changed from the first day, when he shot 72.
Yet Walker is eager to give links golf another go for the next two weeks.
“I learned a lot,” Walker said of his introduction to links golf. “So that's why I wanted to come over and hopefully see a little bit more of that. But I think everybody over here will tell you it's very weather-dependent on course conditions, rain, hard, fast, soft.“