Jimmy Walker
40-Year-Old Golfer
2018–19 Fantasy Outlook
After battling Lyme's disease for much of 2017, Walker's salary cap number made him an easy selection last year and for those who chose him, he came in at nearly a 100 percent return. Walker's 2017-2018 season, however, was unlike many of his previous ones though as there were several peaks and valleys and little in the way of consistency. Perhaps being a year removed from his illness will provide more consistency for the this season, but the problem is he earned more than $2 million last season, so to take him in a salary cap league, you'll need about $3 million. Walker turns 40 this season, and while he likely has a few good years left in him, a $3 million season may be too much to ask. Read Past Outlooks
T35 at Canadian Open
June 10, 2019
Walker closed out the week with a two-under 68 on Sunday at the RBC Canadian Open to finish in a tie for 35th place.
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Walker made three straight birdies from holes 4-6 on Sunday, but those ended up being his only of the day. Walker finished the tournament top-15 in SG: Off-the-tee, SG: Around, driving accuracy, and scrambling. He was 62nd in SG: Approach, however, a large part of the reason he only made 10 total birdies at Hamilton Country Club. Walker will be coming into the U.S. Open with finishes of T23-T19-T35 over his last three starts. The 40-year-old has always played well at Pebble Beach with six finishes inside the top-11 at the AT&T Pro-Am over the last nine years.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Walker essentially played a full season under the weather as it was revealed that he was dealing with Lyme Disease since November of 2016. When put in that context, it's amazing that Walker played well enough to finish inside the top-125. With that in mind, it's probably best to just throw out all of his results from last season. At this price, the former major champion is a must have as his condition is something that he should be able to manage going forward. Even if he continues to struggle with it, he's still capable of playing well from time to time as proven last season.
With his win at the PGA Championship, Jimmy Walker not only won his first major, but he also destroyed the notion that he only plays well early in the year. Walker surprised everyone at the PGA Championship, but anyone who watched him over those four days in July, knows that his win was no fluke. Walker jumped out to the lead and even with all the pressure in the world, managed to stave-off Jason Day and cruise to victory. It was a great moment for Walker, but one that makes his selection in a salary cap league this year almost impossible. In draft leagues, Walker is likely a 2nd-round pick.
A tale of two seasons for Walker in 2014. Walker dominated the early part of the season, but didn't get a lot accomplished during the heart of the PGA Tour season. Walker doesn't appear to be a fluke, but he's also not a top-5 player in the world, which is what he appeared to be early last season. As such, his price is too high in salary cap leagues. As for draft leagues, he could be a first-rounder, but probably should go early in the second round.
Walker was one of the more consistent players in 2013, but his final number was a little low because he failed to find a victory. That fact however is working in his favor this year as his number is in a relatively reasonable position. Walker should continue to improve in 2014, which makes him a good pick in the 25-35 range. He's also a decent option in salary cap leagues.
Last season was Walker's third on the PGA TOUR, and he's improved each year. He increased his earnings in each of the last three seasons, but the increments have been relatively small. A larger increase in earnings is possible, though, as he showed signs early last season that he might be ready for bigger things. Considering his consistency the last few years, the risk is pretty low, which makes Walker a decent option in salary cap leagues. In draft leagues, Walker should go in the fifth or sixth round.
Walker has been a member of the PGA Tour since 2008 and has steadily improved each of his four seasons. Perhaps steadily isn't the best way to describe his progression. How about slowly? Yes, he's getting better, but at this rate, he'll be eligible for the Champions Tour by the time he hits $2 million. One the bright side, his biggest year-to-year improvement came last season as his earnings jumped from little more than $900K in 2010 to more than $1.3 million in 2011. He also improved his cut percentage as well as his Top-25s and Top-10s.
Walker's performance on the PGA TOUR has improved each of the last three seasons, and there's hope that a significant bump in earnings could be right around the corner. Walker spent time the last couple years recovering from a neck injury, but he's appears past that. He finished 125th after the 2009 season before moving up 23 spots in 2010. Another jump up the rankings is likely ahead for Walker as he's fully healthy entering the 2011 season. Walker has been long off the tee and solid on the greens in his three years on the PGA TOUR.
Nobody could classify Walker's play last year as Dyno-mite, yet he did enough to grab the final spot in the top-125. The problem with Walker is where he earned his money. Most of it came from late-season events with watered-down fields. Walker will be lucky to grab this spot again next season.
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T3 in GIR at PGA Championship
May 20, 2019
Walker closed with a three-over 73 on Sunday at the PGA Championship to finish four-over and tied for 23rd.
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Par machine at Quail Hollow
May 7, 2019
Walker closed with an even-par 71 on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Championship to finish even-par and tied for 45th.
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Falls outside top-25 on Sunday
April 7, 2019
Walker fell into a tie for 30th place after shooting a one-over-par 73 in the final round of the Valero Texas Open.
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T58 at API
March 11, 2019
Walker closed with a two-under 70 on Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational to finish in a tie for 58th place.
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T44 finish in Phoenix
February 4, 2019
Walker closed with a two-over 73 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open to finish in a tie for 44th place.
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